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Microsoft Touts Device Partners At Computex
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/5/2014 | 2:48:53 PM
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Maybe I've had bad luck with Windows 7. People talk about its reliability and stability as though the point is axiomatic. But every Win 7 PC I've ever used was prone to freezing up-- and I've used several very well-specced models. I've also found few browsers that keep Windows 7 happy for extended periods-- at least not if you regularly have 80 open tabs, like I do. Windows 8.1, for all its faults, doesn't give me these problems. With earlier versions of Windows 8, I can see why many people didn't see the upgrade advantage; possible increases in stability and performance were offset by usability concerns. But with Windows 8.1 update, I think Microsoft's moved beyond that stalemate. The OS could (and should) be easier to use, but barring applications compatibility, I think Windows 8.1 offers advantages, even if you don't care about hybridity. Those advantages won't be enough for everybody-- but I think Microsoft's made solid progress on the tech side. The PR side is a different story.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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6/5/2014 | 10:17:01 AM
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Very good question, sir - actually I am a little bit confused about it as well. My friends and colleagues around me are using Windows 7 mostly and very few of them have the aspiration to upgrade to Windows 8.1. I think the major reason is that, the end user did not see obvious benefits on such upgrade. But for Windows 8.1, I expect its growth and good performance in mobile and tablet market - the Surface seriers look attractive.:-)
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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6/4/2014 | 6:53:32 PM
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The last couple quarters have indicated decent enterprise demand for Windows PCs-- but it's been mostly Windows 7, not Windows 8, from what I've been told and read. Consumer investment in Windows, meanwhile, has fallen off a cliff.

Any readers out there who are using Windows 8.1 at work, or who feel tempted to do so, now that we've seen some sleek Broadwell-based devices at Computex? Anyone pros out there who've opted to bump Windows wholesale for something else?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/4/2014 | 5:30:07 PM
Hedges
"Nevertheless, HP, Dell, and others are still hedging their bets. They brought not only Windows devices to Computex, but also a variety that run Google operating systems." I met with a CIO recently who told me many people are underestimating enterprise appetite for Windows-based tablets. But I keep coming back to the same question: When?


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