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IDC: Windows Tablets To Have Single-Digit Market Share in 2017

Tablets running Windows 8 and Windows RT will make some market gains over the next five years but will still badly trail Android- and iOS-based systems, according to research and consulting firm IDC.

Clearing Up Microsoft Office/Surface Rumors

Is it true you don't receive the full version of Office on your Surface tablet? Can you not upgrade to a different version? Brien Posey takes some time to clear the air on these and many other questions.

Microsoft Cuts OEM Costs as Windows 8 Adoption Falls Below Vista

Microsoft is responding to a less than robust uptake of new Windows 8 devices by cutting the licensing costs for its original equipment manufacturing partners.

PC Market Continues Market Share Slide for Second Year in a Row

According to market research firm IDC, global PC shipments will continue to drop in 2013 for the second straight year.

Could a Gesture-Based UI Unlock Windows 8's True Potential?

For an IT community that has so far been hesitant to add touch-based monitors to the enterprise, a solution for unlocking Windows 8's true potential could lie in Microsoft's Kinect hardware.

What Will It Take for Microsoft's Surface to Sell?

Mary Jo Foley argues that if Microsoft's table is to start flying off the shelves, a serious price cut and the addition of differing models that the public actually wants are needed.

The Future of Microsoft Surface

To find lasting success for Microsoft's tablet, the company needs to show how the device has lasting staying power compared to the competing iPad.

Microsoft Exec Grilled on Windows 8 Strategy

The Windows 8 ecosystem is still evolving, according to Microsoft's chief financial officer.

Surface Pro Explained by Microsoft's Engineering Team

The Microsoft Surface team fielded questions on Wednesday about the company's forthcoming Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet.

5 Microsoft Moves To Boost Windows Phone Market Share

Mary Jo Foley lays out a five-point plan for Microsoft gain some sales traction in the smartphone landscape.

Microsoft's 2013 Roadmap Shifting to Tablets and Clouds

Microsoft will be pushing tablets and cloud services in 2013, according to expert analysis.

Surface Windows RT Makes 'Muted' Showing in Q4 Tablet Report

Apple led in fourth-quarter tablet shipments, while Microsoft didn't even make the top-five list with its new Surface RT product, according to data compiled by IDC and announced today.

Intel Exiting Desktop Motherboard Business

Intel Corp. is leaving the desktop motherboard-making business, according to information given to the press this week.

Microsoft's Surface Pro Release Scheduled for Feb. 9

Microsoft's x86-based Surface Pro tablet PCs running Windows 8 will hit retail shelves on Feb. 9 in the United States and Canada, the company confirmed today.

Windows RT Revisited: the Bad and the Good

Brien's back with some more thoughts after spending extensive time with Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet.

My Predictions for 2013

From increasing tablet sales to the reveal of Windows 9, Brien runs down what he expects to see in the coming year.

Businesses Face Choices in Buying Windows 8 Devices

Microsoft offered guidelines for businesses buying new Windows 8 devices, as well as Windows RT machines.

Third-Party Retailers To Sell Surface Tablets

Microsoft announced this week that non-Microsoft outlets will be able to start selling Microsoft's Surface tablets soon.

IDC Projects Weak Windows Tablet Share Through 2016

Market analyst firm International Data Corp. (IDC) projects growth for the worldwide tablet market at large, but predicts Windows-based devices will not experience growth.

UPDATE: Microsoft Surface Pro Pricing Unveiled

Microsoft today unveiled the prices that it will charge for its Surface tablet-PCs running Windows 8 Pro.

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