The latest 180, announced by the company on September 9, is that MSDN/TechNet subscribers and volume licensees are going to be able to get their hands on the Windows 8.1 release to manufacturing (RTM) bits early, after all. In fact, Microsoft is making the RTM versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro available to those groups Monday, September 9. Microsoft also will be releasing the … Read more
Future Windows 8.1 tablets will be powered by the marquee attraction at Intel's annual forum that starts Tuesday -- the Bay Trail Atom chip.
What is Bay Trail exactly? At the high end, it is a series of Atom processors built primarily for tablets. (Lower-end Celeron and Pentium variants should appear in low-cost laptops.)
Maybe most importantly, it's a completely redesigned Atom that is trying to break from the past of pokey Windows 7 Netbook Atoms.
With the release of its new 8-inch Encore tablet, Toshiba is expected to provide the first glimpse of Intel's new Atom chip, the Bay Trail-T, powering Windows 8.1, industry sources say.
Bay Trail is a complete redesign of the Atom chip and offers performance that comes closer to Intel's mainstream processors, such as its Celeron and Pentium lines -- roughly twice to three times the performance of the current "Clover Trail" Atom.
Many of the Bay Trail-based tablets are expected to come with the quad-core variant of the Bay Trail processor.
The tablets will offer … Read more
Microsoft announced Tuesday that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been released to manufacturing and are now being delivered to its OEM partners.
Company officials also confirmed, as I blogged earlier this month, that there will be no early access to the Windows 8.1 release-to-manufacturing bits by subscribers to MSDN/TechNet and volume-license customers. They will have to wait for Windows 8.1's launch, October 18, to get the gold code.
Put down the pitchforks -- at least for a minute -- and consider this:
Point 1: Yes, it's true: This is not how … Read more
They said they'd do it by the end of August. And as we head into the last stretch, it seems Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTMed) Windows 8.1, its next release of Windows.
Windows SuperSite editor Paul Thurrott tweeted on August 23 that Windows 8.1 had RTM'd. Thurrott said the final RTM build number is 9600.16384.130821-1623.
I talked to another contact of mine who said the internal RTM e-mail made the rounds inside the Windows division on August 23. A third source close to the company confirmed Microsoft RTM'd Windows 8.1 on … Read more
Staples, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell are not offering a lot of hope for the likelihood of rising sales of traditional PCs running Windows 8.
While Dell delivered its bad news for the PC market last week, Hewlett-Packard and Staples are chiming in this week.
After HP reported a dip in revenues on Wednesday, its chief executive, Meg Whitman, and chief financial officer, Cathy Lesjak, had practically nothing positive to say about the prospects for PC sales.
"In our personal systems business, we are seeing continued PC market contraction as HP revenue declined 11 percent over the prior year," Whitman … Read more
While analysts are typically the bearer of bad news for the shrinking PC market, Staples delivered some sobering news of its own today.
Ronald Sargent, chairman and CEO of the office supply retailer, offered his assessment of where the market is going during the company's earnings conference call Wednesday (via Seeking Alpha):You just look at computers being replaced by mobile devices, whether it's phones or tablets, and it used to be computers were 95% and tablets were 5%. Now it's about -- it looks like about 60% computers and about 40% tablets. So that kind of … Read more
Future Intel processors targeted at next-gen tablets should appear in the second half of 2014, according to a report at Taipei-based Digitimes.
Intel's Cherry Trail and Willow Trail processors for tablets will arrive in the second half of 2014 with initial sample shipments of Cherry Trail to customers expected to commence at the end of 2013, Digitimes said.
More details about Cherry Trail may be revealed at Computex 2014, according to the report.
The silicon will be based on Intel's "Airmont" architecture and its most advanced 14-nanometer manufacturing process.
This isn't the first time the … Read more
Consumers who upgrade to Windows 8.1 will find Skype already part of the package.
Microsoft confirmed Thursday that Skype will be included in Windows 8.1 right from the get-go. In a blog announcing the news, Microsoft emphasized its theme of connecting and sharing:We believe that connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience. Over 300 million people today use Skype for the most personal connections in their lives, sharing those everyday moments big and small across messaging, audio and video calling. With Windows 8.1, Skype is included right from (the) Start, making … Read more