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Windows 8.1 won't rescue PC market this year, IDC says

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    Windows 8.1 won't rescue PC market this year, IDC says


    DG News Service - The PC market will weaken even further this year and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 OS will be unable to reverse the drop in shipments, IDC said Thursday. Due in part to increased adoption of mobile devices globally and a drop in PC sales in China, shipments will shrink 9.7% in 2013, according to IDC, which previously had predicted a fall of 7.7% drop.
    With Windows 8, Microsoft has put a tablet-like touch user interface on PCs, which has baffled users buying non-touch PCs. Touch laptops remain expensive, and PC makers expect enterprises to upgrade laptops to the Windows 7 OS. The Windows 8 OS and high prices of PCs are reasons why people are looking at attractively priced tablets instead, Chou said.
    Windows 8.1 won't rescue PC market this year, IDC says - Computerworld

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    I just had a look at 8.1

    It is possible MS may be able to lull the average Joe into buying it, but I am not convinced.

    The fake start button and a desktop wallpaper behind the playschool squares isn't likely to fool many people.
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    Once average Joe figures out that 8.1 is basically 8 with a few minor tweaks, he won't be interested. The phrase 'putting lipstick on a pig' comes to mind when thinking of the differences between the two.
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    Is that one of the wall papers in Windows 8.1? LOL
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    LOL. There are some strange ones. Reminds me of bags of those cheap fake flavoured sweets.

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    Yep they need to add the Pig to the list.
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    ROFL!!!!
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    Seems to me, the one device it should be used on. tablets, are selling, just not Windows tablets. And it's of no benefit to me, and a lot of other people it would seem, to run it on my Desktop PC's. I have 8 on my laptop. For me it's OK with a touch pad, once I turned the edge swipes off. I only briefly played with the 8.1 preview. I liked the changes I saw but it wasn't awe inspiring or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    LOL. There are some strange ones. Reminds me of bags of those cheap fake flavoured sweets.

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    I wonder who created the wallpapers... the default (the orange one) got me blind in just half an hour
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