Archive for the ‘Personal Computers’ Category

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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
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Evernote and Sugarsync: Headed in Reverse Windows 8 Gear

Two of the apps that changed the way I work are Evernote and Sugarsync.  Evernote allowed me to go paperless and Sugarsync allowed me to have access to all my data accessible by any device.  Both of the apps have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 4th, 2012
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Dell XPS 12: Windows 8 Ultrabook Re-imagined

With the advent of Microsoft’s Windows 8, computer makers developed different form factors to take advantage of the new operating system.  Most of these new Windows 8 form factors were shown for the first time at Computex in Taipei and …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 27th, 2012
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Windows 8: Tepid Marketing–>Slow Sales

Kind of sad, isn’t it? This sorry attempt at a festive display of new PCs at a Micro Center store in Rockville, MD, says a lot about the thud with which Windows 8 seems to have landed.

Windows guru Paul Thurrott …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 21st, 2012
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Things I Prefer to do on my iPad versus my Surface

Last week, I covered areas and usage models where I preferred to use Microsoft Surface over my Apple iPad(s). I was actually surprised I would like Surface in so many areas given it is such a new device and ecosystem.   …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 13th, 2012

In Praise of Old-fashioned PCs

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I’m a big fan of tablets, especially the iPad. Altrhough I find myself spending more and more time with a tablet and less and less with a traditional computer, I can’t imagine getting by without a Windows PC …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 7th, 2012
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Ten Things I prefer to do on Microsoft Surface versus my Apple iPad

My primary tablet of choice for years has been Apple’s iPad. The iPad, iPad 2, and the New (now old) iPad (3). This is after trying at least 20 other tablets with Android phone, Android tablet, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 6th, 2012
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Microsoft Pulls it Together (Almost) for Windows 8 Launch

I attended Microsoft’s launch last week for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface. While launch day is only one milestone in a string of milestones, launch day is the one day that everything must come together, the day …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 30th, 2012
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Windows, iOS, and Android All Have Something to Prove This Week

Prior to Apple developing iOS and over the last 25 years, there had never been much of a threat to the Windows ecosystem. With iOS, Apple proved many things, including the value of a holistic experience delivered through purpose-built …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 23rd, 2012
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Without Metro Apps, Innovative Touch-based Windows 8 Consumer Hardware is Meaningless

Last week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, HP, Dell, Samsung, and Sony announced some very unique hardware designs for Windows 8.  They included touch notebooks, convertibles, sliders, flippers, hybrids, and tablets that can take advantage of Microsoft’s Metro touch-based UI. …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 4th, 2012
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How Significant is the Synaptics ThinTouch, ForcePad and ClearPad Technology?

As I have cited previously, human computer interface (HCI) changes have defined the winners of the last decade in the phone, tablet, and premium PC and game console markets. I believe this will continue into the future. As important …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 20th, 2012
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Microsoft Office 2013′s Biggest Risk Could be its Visual Design

Microsoft Office has been the staple of productivity for years, particularly for businesses. Therefore, whenever big changes happen to the product, it’s a big deal. Literally millions of IT departments and users shoulder the burden to learn every new version …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 31st, 2012
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Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 17th, 2012
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HSA Foundation: for Show or for Real?

I recently spent a few days at AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit in Seattle, Washington.  Among many of the announcements was one to introduce the HSA Foundation, an organization  currently including AMD, ARM,  Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments.  The HSA Foundation was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 15th, 2012

Ultrabooks: Progress a Year Later?

One year ago almost to the day at Computex 2011, Intel introduced Ultrabooks to the world.  The first generation of Ultrabooks was nice, but they were also homogeneous (exception Dell XPS 13) and very expensive, limiting  access to many demographics. So …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 5th, 2012

AMD’s “Trinity” APU Delivers Impressive Multimedia

AMD officially launched its “Trinity” line of second-generation AMD A-Series APUs for notebooks two weeks ago and systems will be hitting the store shelves in a few weeks; desktops are expected later this summer. Reviews are showing …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 30th, 2012
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Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles

On Apple’s last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook responded to a question on Windows 8 convertibles by saying, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” At first glance, this …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 22nd, 2012
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Immersive Social Games Bringing Families Together

The big discussion on social games recently is centered around games like Farmville and companies like Zynga, whose recent IPO generated a lot of attention. I see a much more interesting phenomenon taking place where new, cross-generational …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 1st, 2012
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Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different features and functionalities.  There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.  One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 17th, 2012
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NVIDIA Solved the Ultrabook Discrete Graphics Problem with Kepler

When Intel released their first Ultrabook specification, one of the first component implications I thought of were the impact to discrete graphics.  My thought process was simple; based on the Intel specifications for battery life, weight and thickness, designing-in discrete …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 21st, 2012
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Windows 8 CP Tablet Experience: Distinctive yet Risky for Holiday 2012

A little less than a week ago, Microsoft launched to the public the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP). This is a follow-on to the Developer Preview (DP) that I’ve been using on a tablet and all-in-one desktop since it was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 6th, 2012
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Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012
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The Dell XPS 13: An Ultrabook that Could Steal Customers From Apple

If you are in the high-tech industry and haven’t heard of the term “Ultrabook”, you’ve probably been on sabbatical or have been living under a rock. Intel introduced an industry-wide initiative to re-think the Windows notebook PC, which they have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 24th, 2012
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The Potential Losers if Ultrabooks Win

(Originally published on Forbes)

Ultrabooks were one of the most discussed form factors at this year’s CES 2012.  This was due not only to Intel’s CES marketing push, but by all of Intel’s ecosystem demonstrating their prowess by showing their latest and greatest designs. …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 22nd, 2012
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How Intel Could Achieve the 40% Consumer Ultrabook Target in 2012

There has been a lot of industry skepticism since Intel predicted at Computex Taipei 2011 that Ultrabooks would account for 40% of consumer portable sales by the end of 2012. That included skepticism from me as well, and I …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 3rd, 2012