Businesses should be looking at Windows 8 even if they are dead certain it won't be their operating system of choice for years to come, experts say.
Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7 that the learning curve for end users will be a nightmare
Customers waiting for Windows 8, as well as businesses completing the refresh of their inventories, triggered a dip in PC sales that may recover by year-end.
Microsoft has set some ambitious goals for Windows 8—400 million devices in customer hands by next July and more than 100,000 applications stocked in the Windows Store by the end of January, according to a top Microsoft sales exec.
Windows 8 will help boost overall sales of tablets by nearly 10 million this year over estimates made just three months ago, but Android and Apple products will be the main driver behind the increase, according to IDC.
VMWare Tuesday pulled the wraps off its mobility platform, Horizon Suite.
To hear Dell and HP tell it, the slump in PC sales can be blamed in part on Windows 8, which won't do much to improve the situation until sometime next year.
The revamp goes hand-in-hand with Microsoft's gamble on touch-centric Windows 8, the new operating system scheduled to be released in October.
One of the hot new features of Microsofts upgraded and renamed email service Outlook.com -- that devices without Office loaded onto them can open Office attachments in the cloud via a browser wont work with Android mobile devices.
The research may be skewed by the MSN factor, but outbound spam still indicates a security problem, with systems compromised by botnets and or users who were hooked by phishing.
Anticipation of Windows 8 devices coming out this fall has predictably led to sluggish sales of PCs in the past quarter as customers wait to decide whether they want in on the new operating system, according to an IDC report.
This month's regular update also provides critical fixes to Internet Explorer and several versions of Windows.
Apps for the new platform will be adaptable to Windows 8, but they will need to be rewritten.