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News Week of February 12, 2012

Microsoft's Windows 8 Faces Challenges in Tablets, Traditional PCs

But that success creates an issue for Microsoft as it seeks to promote this latest operating system: How do you sell satisfied customers on the idea of upgrading so soon?

The answer: You tell them that Windows 8 is uniquely suited to handle the challenges of the tech landscape as it’s evolved over the past three years. That it’s equally suited for tablets and traditional PCs, and that the adjustments to the interface by Microsoft engineers—including significant tweaks to file systems and security—will make lives easier for everyone, from teenagers to power users.

However, that might not prove enough to convince everyone who’s purchased a Windows system within the past two years to shell out the money for Windows 8. Remember that a majority of PC users clung for quite some time to Windows XP, which (thanks to any number of software updates over the years) evolved into a solid workhorse of an operating system; according to Net Applications, it still occupies some 47.19 percent of the desktop market, followed by 36.40 percent for Windows 7. In other words, people don’t easily give up their old OS. This is potentially bad news for Windows 8 if it wants to quickly eclipse its predecessors in overall sales.  (Source:  Nicholas Kolakowski, eWeek) 

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by ChrisD
Rating: 3

Air Force to Go Tablet PC Shopping: Up to 18K iPads or Android Devices

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command is planning to buy anywhere from 63 to 18,000 iPad 2 tablets – or similar tablet devices – to replace pilot and navigator bags that can sometimes weight up to 40 pounds.

While the Air Force's presolicitation calls out Apple's tablets by name, a follow-up interview with Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, AMC public affairs director, by Nextgov's Bob Brewin indicates that the organization isn't tied to any single product at the moment – "[it] is looking for a tablet device, not necessarily an iPad," Roberts said.   (Source: David Murphy, PC Magazine)

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by ChrisD
Rating: 2.78

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