It’s been a Mixed bag as far as the Windows RT platform goes.Ever since its launch last quarter.Some have praised the device for its Energy efficiency while many have raised questions about its application support with no support for the legacy apps.
There were a few devices from Lenovo,Samsung,Asus,Dell and Microsoft,but none of them revealed the number of sales of the Windows RT devices.
Recently Microsoft CFO Tami Reller was interviewed by Bloomberg.Speaking to Bloomberg Reller indicated that there won’t be any new Windows RT based devices this Spring.She said that Microsoft wants to take time to concentrate on bringing more devices of the existing Windows RT tablets in the market before bringing any New models in market.
Acer who is one of the Windows 8 partners for Microsoft have already delayed their plans for Windows RT devices due to the concerns over the future of the platform.Quite recently Samsung who have released their Ativ Tab based on Windows RT decided not to release this tablet in the United States raising more concerns over the future of Windows RT.So unless we see any Dramatical changes in the sales of the platform we won’t be seeing a new device in near future.
Its been over 3 months since the official Launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT platform and thou we don’t have any official word on No. Of devices sold,what we do know it is doing exceedingly well with the licenses selling.
Last time we checked Windows 8 had already over 60 million licenses sold in a little over 2 months of time.Now as per the NetApplications MarketShare numbers,Windows 8 has now 2.26% marketshare just behind the latest version of Mac OSX operating system (10.8) which is at 2.44% of worldwide marketshare.
Last month we saw the drop in Windows XP operating system while Windows 7 was still the number 1 operating system with continuous growth ever since its launch.But for last months trends the Windows 7 dropped to 44.48% from 45.11% but still leads the marketshare.The second spot still held by Windows XP with 39.51%(39.08% last month),while the Windows Vista continues to see a drop which is down to 5.24% marketshare which was around 5.67% last month.
Overall Windows Operating System still leads the Worldwide PC marketshare with over 91% of PCs still running Windows operating systems.
Ever since its launch Windows 7 has been gaining the marketshare,but this was for the first time that we saw a drop in the marketshare,so it might be an indication that Wndows 7 has reached its peak value and that we will soon see Windows 8 on the number one spot with array of devices slated for launch,but its still early days.
After almost 4 months of the public release we are yet to get any official word about the Surface RT sales from Microsoft for the last quarter.
Though according to ISuppli a Market Research Firm,around 1.25 million Surface RT devices shipped last quarter of which only around 55 to 60 % of the devices were sold,bringing the sales number in the range of 680,000 to 750,000.
Though these are not the official numbers,if we consider the early shipment delay issues and mixed word of mouth with the reviews Surface RT was expected to get a slow start and the early distribution strategy didn’t help the cause,which forced Microsoft to expand their distribution through non Microsoft channels.
It remains to be seen whether the Surface Pro which launches on February 9 which runs on Windows 8 Pro would get a similar respnse from the consumers or would it get a better response due to the legacy apps support.We have to wait and Watch.
Acer’s Entry level Windows 8 tablet has finally found its way into Indian markets courtesy Croma Retail Store.
The Acer W510 with 32GB of storage capacity is available for a cost of 36,499 INR(without the keyboard),while the keyboard version of the same is listed at 42,999Rs price but is out of stock as of now.
If we compare this pricing with the international pricing of the W 510 it is almost $150 costlier than the international version which costs $499 without key oard.But considering the other competitors Dell and HP has priced their devices on a higher side in India this is a better price range for a tablet running the full Fledged Windows 8 version rather than the Windows RT version.
The device sports a 10.1″ capacitive display with screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels with 5 point multitouch support and Intel Atom processor with 2 GB of RAM for the processing power and to go with it a pair of Cameras with 8 Megapixel rear camera and 2 Megapixel front camera.
Microsoft Surface Pro which runs on Windows 8 Pro operating system goes on sale from 9th February.Since its the Pro version,it features a minimum of 64 GB of SSD as compared to the RT version which had 32 GB offering for its entry level version.The Surface Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB SSD version.
Though the actual usable memory for the users would be lesser due to the Operating System space and the preinstalled apps on The Surface Pro.According to a recent post from Softpedia
,Microsoft has told them in a statement that,the 128GB version of Surface Pro would have 83GB Of free available space with the Operating System and Preinstalled apps eating up around 45 GB of memory,there is no information about the available space in the 64 GB version but if it follows the same pattern Then the entry level Surface Pro would have just 19GB of free space for users.
On a positive note,the Device has expansion slot as well as support for USB 3.0 devices so users can hook up an external hard drive to their Surface Pros or use the SD cards to increase storage capacity.
It’s been a while since we last updated the Windows Store app count,last time we checked it had over 35,000 apps almost a month ago and we expected that to exceed 50,000 apps by the month end.
But it seems that the app submission has slowed down a bit.According to MetroStore Scanner site which tracks the Windows Store apps stats currently Windows Store has 40,158 apps.So within a span of 30 days the store has managed to add just over 5000 apps to its kitty which is on a lower side if we compare it with the kind of start it had.
Currently there are Over 28,000 apps in the China Windows Store region while the United States Windows Store regional apps count is just over 26,000 apps.Though there seems to be a drop in the number of apps for the month we can expect better number by the next month end eying the launch of the Surface Pro tablet which is slated for February 9 launch.
It’s been over 3 months for the launch of Windows 8.Initially Microsoft had some lucrative offers going on eying the mega launch of their new operating system.
There were two upgrade offers,one with a price tag of $14.99 for those who have bought their Windows 7 based PCs starting from June 2nd 2012 could avail this upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro and the existing (those who have bought their windows based system before 2nd June )Windows 7 ,XP and Vista users could avail the $39.99 upgrade offer.
This offer is about to expire on 31st January(3 days from now). so if you haven’t yet upgraded your PC with Windows 8 Pro this is the right time to do it,because from February 1 the Windows 8 upgrade will cost your pocket $119 while the Windows 8 Pro upgrade would cost you $199 !
So head over to Windows Upgrade Offer website and get your Windows 8 Pro license right now?
Microsoft launched the Windows RT platform along with the Windows 8 public release with the release of Windows RT based devices from Asus,Dell,Lenovo,Samsung and their very own Surface RT Tablet.
All the existing Windows RT devices include a special Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview version which includes Word,PowerPoint,One Note and Excel tools of Microsoft Office.But according to the latest rumor floating around the web coming from ZDNet who has learnt from 3 unnamed sources that Windows RT version of Outlook Client i.e “Outlook RT” which would run on ARM based devices is under internal testing.But according to the sources there is a mixed reaction from different teams about whether this “Outlook RT” Would be commercially made available or not.
Currently there is a Mail Client for Windows 8/RT platform which is not so good as compared to the Outlook Client,there are also talks about the current Mail app being renamed to Outlook app rather than having the RT version of the app,since we already have Office Outlook,Outlook for Windows Phone and the Outlook.com and other members are in favor of bringing the real Outlook RT app to the new and emerging platform.
Microsoft Recently announced their earnings for the last quarter(Q4 2012) with a record number of $21.46 billion with a nett profit of $6.38 billion,a tad bit lesser than the profits for the same quarter last year(Q4 2011) which netted $6.62 billion.
These numbers are courtesy the Windows 8,Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet launch last quarter.Though they didn’t share any specific details about how many Windows 8 devices have been sold,they mentioned about the Windows Division earnings for the last quarter reaching $5.9 billion which is up 24% For the same quarter a year ago,might give us an indication of where the things are going for Windows 8 and the devices,as we already know that Windows 8 has sold over 60 million licenses till date courtesy the Lucrative upgrade offer from Microsoft.
With their popular Office suite and Surface Pro nearing the release dates we could see even larger profit numbers by the next quarter earnings announcement.
Checkout the Press Release for More details.
Microsoft has now officially revealed the release dates for the Surface Pro,which was supposed to launch in January month,will now be released on 9th February in the United States and Canada.
As announced earlier by the General Manager of Microsoft Surface Panos Panay on The Official Microsoft Blog,the device will go on sale on February 9 through all Microsoft Retail Stores in the United States,Microsoftstore.com,staples and Best Buy,while in Canada it will be available in number of unspecified locations.
The Surface Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB versions with pricing of $899 and $999 respecitively,both the Versions will include Surface Pen,but the users will have to buy the Touch/Type Cver separatly.
Microsoft will also be expanding their Surface RT devices market with 13 additional markets to be added in coming weeks including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Checkout the Details on the Official Microsoft Blog.