If you have switched to Windows 8 recently, the Start button is probably the most important experience you are missing…like everyone else. Due to high ‘public demand’, there is an ongoing rumor that Microsoft may bring back the iconic button to Windows 8.
Although the XBox 360 is aged, it still is the best selling console in the US, for a whopping 27 months straight. The company recently revealed that it sold 261,000 Xbox 360′s last month. “In March, Xbox 360 maintained its position as the number one console in the U.S., selling more units than any other console and marking the 27th consecutive month as the best-selling console.”
Looks like Microsoft’s new Windows 8 isn’t doing good…not at all. With lackluster sales, that is even worse than Microsoft’s biggest failure, a.k.a. Windows Vista, the company is forced to reduce the OEM cost of Windows 8. After 4 months, Windows 8 has reached just 2.3% of desktop usage, versus Windows 7‘s 9% within the same duration.
From the stats Microsoft reported recently, Windows Phone 8 seems to be doing well. With over 130,000 apps in the Windows Phone App Store, Microsoft seems to have convinced a significant number of mobile developers to build apps for their latest mobile platform. Out of this 130,000, over 15,000 apps are optimized for WP8.
One of the world’s top selling computer manufacturer, Dell, has finally confirmed that the company is going private. There were rumors about this for a while, and today the company announced that it will be acquired completely by Michael Dell (the company’s founder) and investment firm Silver Lake.
If you really want to upgrade to Windows 8, now would be a good time. Starting February 1st, 2013, Microsoft will hike up the upgrade prices for the standard version to $120 and the Pro version to $200! The ongoing introductory price for Windows 8 upgrade is just $40 (downloadable version) while the DVD upgrade is $70.
In spite of having mixed reactions from critics and the majority of consumers, Microsoft still managed to sell over 60 million licenses of Windows 8. The OS was launched on October 26, 2012. Apparently, it is following the same sales trajectory of Windows 7.
Microsoft initially wanted to compete with Adobe (and its design products) by launching the Expression Suite over 5 years ago. Unfortunately, Expression Design and Expression Web didn’t turn out to be the Adobe competitor as Redmond planned. A few days back, the company decided to make Expression Design and Expression Web available for free. As for Blend, it will continue to be a part of Visual Studio 2012.