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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 PCs are being force fed a diet of Windows 10, breaking a promise made by Microsoft. The problem is affecting domain-attached Windows 7 PCs not signed up to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patches and updates, but looking for a Microsoft update instead. The upshot is PCs, ranging from 10s to hundreds at a …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015

Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

Windows 10 consumer PCs will not show up in big numbers at Brit retailers’ stores until the middle of next month, multiple sources have told us. The reason for the scarcity is that Microsoft didn’t allow the OS to be pre-loaded on to PCs until launch day on 27 July, and lead times including sea shipment were eight weeks from …
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2015

Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019

Those fumbling with PCs may want to think about updating their skills portfolio, according to a new Cisco forecast that predicts the majority of data will no longer be stored on client devices by 2019. The rise of cloud traffic will be stopped by neither the collapse of Safe Harbor nor the election of CISA, suggested Cisco's …

How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

In the week leading up to the launch of Windows 10 there were zero PCs pre-installed with the new operating system sat in a warehouse awaiting a new home. Not one. For past releases of Microsoft OSs at least 20 per cent of computers at wholesalers came loaded with the software, but times have changed. Context Research – which …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015

How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

No PCs pre-loaded with Windows 10 made their way into distributors’ warehouses in the week before launch of the OS – but by golly, they did in seven days after the 'big event'. Venerable number cruncher Context reckons a whopping 150 machines were in distribution a week after launch. The firm gets its data direct from European …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G

We are not getting out of PCs, says Fujitsu exec

Fujitsu is the latest bit part PC player to state its commitment to the product line, as it prepares to spin off the computer and mobile businesses into two separate subsidiaries. The units were part of the Ubiquitous Solutions division but at some point in the next 12 months will be distinct entities sitting under the Product …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful …
Chris Williams, 24 Nov 2015
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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

Box-counter IDC has predicted further falls in PC sales and a slowdown in tablet sales growth. The firm says 308.1 million PCs made it out of the factory in 2014, but that just 293.1 million will do so in 2015. By 2019, it predicts that figure will fall to 291.4 million. The only PC product category IDC thinks will grow is …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2015
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Micron: Those dratted PCs, dragging down our revenues

Declining PC sales took their toll on Micron's DRAM revenues, sending year-on-year growth into reverse for its fiscal 2015. Full-year revenues were $16.2bn, one per cent down on fy2014's $16.4bn. Net income of $2.9bn was five per cent lower than the $3bn recorded in fy2014. Revenues for the final quarter in fy 2015 of $3.6bn …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015
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HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

The big picture of how Microsoft plans to debut Windows 10 for its customers remains murky, but more details are starting to emerge, courtesy of the software giant's hardware partners. Redmond certainly isn't giving PC makers much time to test their kit with the new OS. It's due to ship on July 29, which is just over two weeks …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jul 2015
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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

Windows Phone has had a very rocky history, but Microsoft thinks it may have found a winning strategy to get its handsets into the business market – let them be PCs. Youtube Video At a press conference in New York, Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 950 (5.2-inch screen) and 950XL (5.7-inch screen). The phones are designed to work …
Iain Thomson, 06 Oct 2015

MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

A consumer PC bottleneck in the UK could result in some price cuts ahead of the Windows 10 launch - or so folk in the supply chain are telling us. Distributors are sitting on roughly 60 days of client stock - around twice the amount they typically carry - and all vendors, save for HP, contributed to the mess. “Inventory levels …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015

Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Dell is to go head-to-head with Apple, HP and Lenovo for the affections of computer-seeking shoppers this Christmas - the XPS range will be never knowingly undersold to the middle classes by John Lewis. Sarah Shields, exec director and UK GM for channel and distribution claimed Dell could not afford to ignore the retail …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015
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IT touts cough up $6m for flogging 'overpriced' PCs to US nuke boffins

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) will extract $5.9m from an American tech reseller accused of overcharging Uncle Sam's scientists. The DoJ said Technology Integration Group (TIG), aka PC Specialists Inc, snapped up Dell PCs, and then resold them at a much-inflated price to the US government's Sandia National Laboratory in …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Aug 2015

Keep up, boyos! 20k Win XP PCs still in use by NHS in Wales

The list of public sector departments still stuck on Windows XP keeps on swelling with confirmation that almost 20,000 computers in the Welsh health service are running on the near 14-year old operating system. As we revealed, the framework support agreement negotiated between the Crown and Microsoft at a cost of £5.584m came …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2015

At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

The Brit PC market showed signs of life in Q3, according to official stats from distributors – but the same could not be said for much of the rest of Western Europe. Sales-out data tracked by Context showed a little over one million (1.056m) notebooks, desktops and workstations found their way into the loving arms of a …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2015
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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

Microsoft has released technology previews of new developer tools and an SDK for Windows 10, giving coders their first taste of what it's like to build Windows Universal Apps that run across PCs, phones, and tablets. The tools are available now at no charge to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider program. Like Windows 10 …
Neil McAllister, 23 Mar 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's head of operating systems, is going to take a year-long leave of absence from the biz once Windows 10 has rolled out. By November, Microsoft should have finished emitting Windows 10 to smartphones, completing the play Redmond is making for a single operating system to cover all possible computers and …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015

A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

IDF15 It's party time at Intel. The mixtape is in the deck. The beers are chilling in tub. The chip giant has 99 per cent of the data-center market. Its profits in a single quarter can slip a few per cent, and still stand at $2.7bn. AMD is still AMD. What has Intel got to worry about? OK, mobiles, PCs, laptops, and tablets are …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2015
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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Samsung will hit the eject button on its the European PC business after deciding its low sales volumes simply aren't worth the cost. The move will not surprise industry types as earlier this year the chaebol exited the entry-level notebook segment in the Euro region – to concentrate on premium portables including Ultrabooks. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2014
HP CEO Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

HP has confirmed the industry’s worst kept secret – since yesterday anyway – that it is to carve the business in two, with printers and PCs on one side and all things enterprise on the other. This is a massive U-turn by CEO Meg Whitman, who has claimed repeatedly the organisation would not be split – as had been imagined by her …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2014

Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is craftier than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2015
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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

Dell ships computers with all the tools necessary for crooks to spy on the owners' online banking, shopping, webmail, and more. The US IT titan installs a powerful root CA certificate, including its private key, on its Windows notebooks and desktops. These can be abused by eavesdropping miscreants to silently decrypt encrypted …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2015

Buying PCs, any boxes, servers, software? Based in UK? ACT NOW

Procurement professionals of Britain must get ready for blanket price hikes of up to 10 per cent as rising component costs get passed down the supply chain by tech makers. A bunch of vendors confirmed the cost on the box – whether it be PCs, servers or networking gear – is set to rise on the back of a surge in the value of the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Feb 2015
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Sputtering storage space portends poorly for PCs

With sales of most hard drives down, the much-anticipated rebound of the PC market looks to remain on hold for the moment. Research firm IHS is reporting that shipments of storage drives for use in PCs fell over the course of the year with hard disk drives and optical drives continuing to fade while solid-state drive shipments …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014
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Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

TechEd Europe Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference is under way in Barcelona, and this morning Microsoft corporate VP Joe Belfiore showed new management features in the forthcoming Windows 10. Users will be able to log into Windows 10 using Azure Active Directory (AD), the cloud-based directory also used by Office 365, and get access to the …
Tim Anderson, 28 Oct 2014

Brit enterprises still wolfing down PCs post-XP support death

Tech disties feasted on a relative PC sales banquet in Q2 as businesses and to a lesser extent consumers made a belated dash to rid themselves of systems running on Windows XP. Abacus stroker Context collated the sale-out figures from wholesalers and found more than 844k desktops, notebook and PC workstations were adopted by UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2014
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

Microsoft is installing an update on Windows 7 and 8 machines which will push users to upgrade to Windows 10. The update – KB 3035583 – is vague about its purpose. The official description states: This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies …
Tim Anderson, 09 Apr 2015
Windows 7

PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

It seems businesses will be able to order new PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled, rather than Windows 8, for a bit longer than we previously thought – although we don't yet know for just how long. According to an update to Microsoft's lifecycle policy first spotted by Redmond-watcher Mary Jo Foley on Friday, the date when OEMs …
Neil McAllister, 14 Feb 2014

Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

The Home Office gave Dell just a fortnight to custom build 16,000 PCs but an admin cockup led to the order being shelved, and it is not clear if it will be re-tendered. A mini-auction took place in the first week of March with a build and delivery date set for the end of the month. Most of the tier ones competed on the deal but …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014

Toshiba: We'll STAY in PCs! We'll just axe a few bods

Toshiba is the latest vendor to sound the warning alarm that all is not well in its PC business across Europe after scaling back regional offices and axing swathes of the workforce – just as the green shoots emerge. The UK and France ops, which have signed up as subsidiaries of the TEG corporation, will act purely as sales and …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2014
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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

Another month, another Patch Tuesday, but this release has a special sting in the tail: a flaw in the fundamental design of Windows that's taken a year to correct, and is unfixable on Server 2003. The critical blunder allows miscreants to completely take over a domain-configured Windows system if it is connected to a malicious …
Iain Thomson, 10 Feb 2015
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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame. Worldwide PC shipments will now fall by 8.7 per cent by the end of the year and growth won’t return for another two years, the IDC said. The number cruncher had expected that the arrival of Windows 10 in July would …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers. Revenues of $21.73bn in Microsoft's third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended March 31, met analysts' expectations. However, sustainable growth still eludes the software …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
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Seagate sales droop: It was a nearline miss, says CEO

Something is still amiss with disks, but not PCs this time: Seagate warns that its latest quarter’s revenues will be 23 per cent less than a year ago, continuing the revenue slide seen in the previous quarter, blamed on low PC sales. For its first fiscal 2016 quarter, which finished on 2 October, Seagate expects revenues of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

THOUSANDS of Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

Exclusive Thousands of PCs at Britain’s biggest public sector bodies will miss Microsoft’s April deadline to abandon Windows XP before open season for hackers begins. HMRC and the NHS in England and Scotland will still be running thousands of systems using Windows XP after Microsoft turns off the support lifeline on 8 April. HMRC has 85, …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2014
Statcounter August 2015

Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

Windows 10 looks to have grabbed about five and a half per cent of the desktop operating system market in August, its first full month of release. We're not quite giving it a firm number because the two organisations whose numbers we report each month, StatCounter and Netmarketshare, are producing some statistical oddities at …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2015

Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe. Sales in the UK nosedived by 31 per cent to 410,100 units, according to the quarterly research on distribution sales compiled by analyst …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2015

Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

While most of the buzz surrounding OpenSSL's Heartbleed vulnerability has focussed on websites and other servers, the SANS Institute reminds us that software running on PCs, tablets and more is just as potentially vulnerable. Institute analyst Jake Williams said the data-leaking bug “is much scarier” than the gotofail in Apple's …

Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

A German web noticeboard has published instructions on how to keep getting the free Windows XP updates that enterprises are having to pay for. According to this thread at, all that's needed for 32-bit Windows XP installs is to edit the registry so that it tells Microsoft you're using POSReady 2009. As Betanews notes …
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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

ICGS The last few years haven't been good for the PC market as the old upgrade cycle died and buyers piled into tablets and smartphones. But Intel is convinced the PC will rise again, thanks to new hardware and form factors. "I honestly feel this is a once in a decade moment," enthused Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's client computing …
Iain Thomson, 03 Nov 2015
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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Microsoft’s first update to Windows 10 is bricking some users’ PCs. The cumulative update is rebooting after getting part way through the installation process on x64-based systems without completing set up. The update is KB3081424. The problem has been reported, here, on Microsoft's official forums. In the case of one user, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2015

AMD spray-paints 'Pro A-series for biz' over its Carrizo notebook chips

Intel's human shield from monopoly watchdogs AMD has quietly revealed some processor packages for business PCs. These AMD Pro A-series system-on-chips use the Carrizo design we pored over earlier this year. Carrizo is targeted at notebooks for normal folks, whereas the AMD Pro A-series is going into Windows 10 corporate …
Chris Williams, 30 Sep 2015

Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

You wanted the Start menu back in Windows 8.1. Microsoft listened ... and didn't give it to you. Now Lenovo says that if a Start Menu is what it will take to get you to start buying Windows 8 PCs, then by gum, a Start Menu you shall have. By now, everyone should be aware that the Start icon that's coming to the Windows 8.1 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2013

Lenovo stock: The channel iceberg is melting

Until recently, dusty Lenovo PCs were looking a likely candidate to replace concrete in the British construction sector, such was the inventory glut confronting local ops. Things have improved, but still aren’t great. The company has already written down Windows 8.1 stock across Europe in July, Lenovo EMEA president Eric Cador …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2015
Windows 10 build 10130, showing Microsoft's new Solitaire Collection

Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

Despite this year's release of Windows 10, notebook PC shipments are not going to see an increase over last year. This according to analysts with ABI Research, who project that shipments will be flat compared to 2014. The entire portable market, which includes Chromebooks, ultraportables (such as the MacBook Air), netbooks, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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HP Inc shares rocket 13% on Wall Street debut after split

Hewlett Packard's split on Sunday created an interesting moment on the New York stock market today: shares in HP Inc jumped more than 13 per cent, while HP Enterprise watched its shares fall as much as five per cent. The two firms' first, tentative steps away from each other tell us that HP Inc's PCs and printers please the …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Nov 2015
Windows 7

Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

One of Microsoft’s newest operating systems now runs on half of desktops – but it’s not the one Redmond might have wished. Windows 7 accounted for 50.06 per cent of operating system market share in May according to Netmarketshare’s running monthly tally. The operating system expanded its share from 49.27 per cent in April. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2014

PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10

The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner. IDC says sales were down 10.8 per cent year on year, a worse outcome than the 9.2 per cent dip the firm previously predicted. Windows 10 is partly to blame …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2015
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Is Toshiba mulling asset sales? HDD, TV businesses in the frame

Comment Toshiba is in trouble and could be about to exit the PC and disk drive businesses. The company is still suffering badly from a massive accounting scam, which overstated profits for seven years, and it has just reported a lousy quarter with losses of $91m. Masashi Muromachi became Toshiba’s new president (chief executive) in …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015


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