Archive for the ‘Personal Computers’ Category

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Mac at 30: The Shadow of a Smile

Ben Bajarin points out that a key characteristic of Apple for the past 30 years has to make things as simple as possible for users and the same spirit that motivated the Mac in 1984 drives the iPad today. I’ll …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 24th, 2014
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Three Growth Story Lines for Apple in 2014

The more I study at the economies of scale within the tech industry the more I taken aback by the opportunities that lie ahead. Some opportunities like the traditional PC may not be big market comparatively but they can …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   January 21st, 2014
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Holiday Shoppers Gifting Themselves

Now that we’re fully in the throes and craziness of the holiday shopping season—just seven shopping days left until Christmas!—it seems appropriate to further investigate how the process really works, especially when it comes to electronics purchases. In fact, I’ve …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 17th, 2013
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Apple’s Free OS Upgrades and iWork Could Leave a Mark on Microsoft

Apple’s announcement Tuesday brought with it many innovations across the span of tablets, notebooks, and workstations. Apple introduced the new iPad Air, updated the iPad mini, redesigned the MacBook Pro, and provided more information on the Mac …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 24th, 2013
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What to be Aware of Installing Windows 8.1 Preview

It has been 24 hours since Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Preview and while many have successfully installed it, some have not. I want to share with you my experiences so that it may hopefully save you some time this week. Immediately …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 27th, 2013
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Apple Could Challenge Microsoft for Desktop Dominance. But It Won’t

Apple’s opportunity to dominate desktop computing probably disappeared the day in 1981 that IBM shipped the Personal Computer. Apple’s first attempt at a “business” computer, the Apple ///, was a technical and commercial flop. The anti-corporate “computer for the rest …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 19th, 2013
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Why I Prefer Convertibles Over Notebooks

Ever since Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at the BUILD event in 2011, it was apparent that the Windows PC future was touch, gestures, tablets, convertibles, and hybrids.    Intel’s unveiling the following year at Computex 2012 with a …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 11th, 2013
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Learning To Love the Chromebook (and Succeeding)

I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013
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Microsoft and Google’s Game of “Office Chicken” is Just Alienating Users

Google and Microsoft are battling it out on a lot of fronts, but many times there is little collateral damage to end users. Unfortunately, in a few cases, end users have been cast aside in the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 28th, 2013
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Can Microsoft Compete in a Post-PC World?

Microsoft says it sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months it was on sale. Not spectacular, but not bad either. But for Windows RT, Widows 8′s tablet-friendly little brother, things haven’t been so hot. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 8th, 2013
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Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software

 

Windows 8 hasn’t spurred a boom in PC sales, but it certainly is inspiring some unusual hardware designs. The problem, though, is that no one seems able to quite master Windows’ touch and keyboard-plus-mouse dual personality.

Acer is the latest to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 3rd, 2013
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In Defense of iCloud

You can’t analyze the industry as I do and not evaluate platform specific strategies to meet consumer needs. I study closely the platforms, ecosystems, and cloud services strategies of many companies. Right now the discussion is focused on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 3rd, 2013
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The Strategic Importance of Intel’s New CEO

This morning Intel finally announced the successor to current CEO, Paul Otellini. Otellini steps down later this month and new CEO, Brian Krzanich, who is currently their COO, will then become CEO.

Here is a short background on Krzanich:

Brian M. Krzanich …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 2nd, 2013
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Windows vs. Mac In Schools: All the Wrong Reasons

The Maine Department of Education announced earlier this week that it was switching from Apple Macintoshes to Hewlett-Packard Windows PCs as the technology behind the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Macs had been used exclusively since the program was started by then-Governor …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 1st, 2013
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Big-Box Retailers are Not Helping PC Sales

Last week, I wrote about the “softer” and arguably some of the more important PC attributes. Toward the end of that column, I threw out there a few examples of how U.S. big-box retail isn’t helping …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 30th, 2013
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The Soft Improvements in new PCs Could be their Biggest Draw

Last week was an ugly week for the computer world. The IDC figures that came out for Q1 said that it was the biggest contraction the PC market that had ever been seen since their tracking …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 26th, 2013
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Apple In Perspective

Apple has been taking a real beating on Wall Street and in the press lately. But are we losing our long-term perspective by focusing so intently on quarterly results?

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The Stock Market is a predictor of future growth, but it …

by John Kirk   |   April 25th, 2013
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Are the New Crop of Enterprise Tablets a Threat to Apple?

Over the last three years, Apple has reshaped many industries, including the smartphone, tablet, PC and even SOC industry.  One area of Apple success that was in Microsoft’s own backyard was enterprise tablets, where, according to Apple, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 19th, 2013
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Will Gen 3 Chromebooks Finally Hit the Mark?

Now on their third generation, Chromebooks have taken a deserved perceptual and business beating over the last few years. Generation one and two were flawed in many basic ways, with high prices, sluggish performance, and lack of robust …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 12th, 2013

A Private Dell is a Stronger Dell

In one of the worst kept secrets out there over the last few weeks, Dell announced this morning that it will go private in a deal with Silver Lake Partners, Microsoft, Michael Dell’s investment company, and Michael Dell himself.  The …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 5th, 2013
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AMD SurRoundhouse Concept: Future Cure for the CE Industry Woes?

For a run of at least 30 years, the “classic” consumer electronics industry successfully transitioned from one technology to another.  TVs are a good example.  TVs went from big color tubes to rear projection to flat panels and HD projection …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 22nd, 2013
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NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD Connects Disparate Gaming Worlds

Even before CES 2013 officially began, NVIDIA announced a new product that rocked the gaming world.  NVIDIA announced Project SHIELD, an NVIDIA-branded mobile gaming device that connects different world of gaming, across modes, displays and content.

My first visual impression of …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 8th, 2013
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A Few of My Favorite and Significant Products of 2012

One great thing about a tech industry in transition is that manufacturers amp up the amount and breadth of the products they announce. 2012 was a transition year for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and there were so very many …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 31st, 2012
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How To Make Windows 8 Great

There has been a lot of discussion here lately, both in posts such as Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids and Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware? about the failings and the potential of Windows 8. So inspired …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 12th, 2012
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Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware?

Microsoft Surface has been on sale for a while now and reviews  are out where reviewers tell the public what they thought about their experiences. The reviews varied widely as I illustrate below, but I wanted to spend some time …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 11th, 2012