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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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 must …
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
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

THOUSANDS of UK.gov 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

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 Sebjik.com, 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 …

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 …

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
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
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

Windows 10 will be coughed up by Microsoft on July 29, the company said on Monday morning – and Windows 7 and 8.1 users can reserve their free upgrade right now. Gratis upgrades to Windows 10 are pegged to last for 12 months, as previously announced by Microsoft. That gives you until the end of July 2016 to claim them. Also, on …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2015
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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay more than £16 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit. A dialog box that popped up while a reader was trying to buy hardware at Dell (click for the full enlarged glory) A …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Mar 2014
No Sale

PC sales dip below 2009 levels, with Japanese sales off 44 per cent

68.5 million PCs trundled off the world's production lines in 2015's first quarter, the lowest number since 2009 according to box-watcher IDC. The news isn't all bad: the analyst firm had previously predicted a lower number. But it's still a 6.7 per cent dip on last year's first quarter. Newer PC designs are exciting punters, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2015

Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Dell appears to be charging its customers almost a fiver to select power settings when it sells them a computer. Screenshot of Dell's purchasing page with the option to switch on power-saving settings Conserve power for a fiver and, what, save the rainforest? My, what a bargain! (click to enlarge) A reader wrote in to tip …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014

HP pulls its Kock out of Germany, slides him into European PCs

Eric Cador - the boss of HP's PC and printer biz in Europe, the Middle East and Africa - is hanging up his boots after 28 years service. The senior veep will be replaced by fellow Hewlett-Packard exec Herbert Kock, insiders told The Channel. Cador joined the US tech monster in 1985 as a product manager for the Personal Systems …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

Updated Microsoft says that in addition to offering Windows 8.1 as a free update for Windows 8 users in October, it will also be easier for customers to buy versions of Windows 8.1 that don't require an upgrade from a previous edition of the OS. Redmond launched Windows 8 in October 2012 as essentially an upgrade-only product. "System …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2013

Debt hangs heavy on Stone: Yes we make PCs. For the public sector

Stone Computers would appear to be caught between a, er, rock and a hard place: it specialises in building PCs for the public sector, both areas of industry that have fallen on hard times of late. The general PC market has been in continual decline since the second half of 2010 and austerity measures brought in by the coalition …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2013
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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

UK government departments still running Windows XP are now doing so entirely on their own. A framework support agreement between the Crown and Microsoft guaranteeing the release of special security patches for PCs still on Windows XP has ended after one year. That deal - revealed here - expired on April 14 and it’s been decided …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2015
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Ukrainian separatists threaten surge in *gasp*... dealers, PCs

Channels Forum 2014 The IT industry has pulled back from the brink of disaster but conflicts in Russia and the Middle East have the potential to push it back to the edge, resellers and distributors were warned today. Kicking off the Channels Forum conference in Cannes, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier declared the victory of the channel, the revival of …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2014

Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

The wearables market will be dominated by wrist action, according to market-watcher IDC, and will remain smaller than the PC market. The firm today predicted that 2015 will see 45.7 million wearables shipped, up from 2014's 19.6 million units. By 2019, total shipment volumes are forecast to reach 126.1 million units. Devices …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2015

Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools

Windows 7 users should uninstall a security patch Microsoft issued on Tuesday because some PCs failed to restart after applying the update. The software giant advised users of Win 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2* to roll-back a patch within MS13-036, a security update that closed two vulnerabilities in the Windows file system …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013

Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

PC sales are in terminal decline thanks to the continued popularity of tablets and there’s nothing an anticipated surge in ultramobiles can do to stop it. That’s according to beancounters at Gartner, who reckon the outcome will be anaemic growth rates for Microsoft’s Windows in 2013 as Google’s Android blows the doors off. …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2013
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Surging US dollar curbs global IT budgets

Global IT spending is projected to fall 5.5 per cent to total $3.5tn in 2015 - but only because of the strong US dollar. Translated into constant currency, the worldwide IT market will grow 2.5 per cent compared with 2014, according to Gartner’s latest IT spending projections. So will US vendors raise prices outside their own …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2015

Lenovo still ‘not satisfied’ despite MEGA PROFIT rise

PC giant Lenovo continued its (slow) march toward world domination in the second quarter, as profits climbed a very healthy 19 per cent to $262m and revenue rose seven per cent to $10.5bn, compared with the same period last year. The Chinese computer tech company shipped a record amount of kit for the three months to September, …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014

$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

Lenovo bagged a paltry US$250,000 from the deal that saw it install the Superfish certificate slurper onto PCs, according to reports. The PC maker was last month caught installing the ad/bloat/malware into its consumer PCs, sparking a very considerable backlash once the software's ability to intercept encrypted website …
Darren Pauli, 03 Mar 2015

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year. So says local market-watcher GfK, which noted a sudden jump in over-the-counter sales of AIOs in August and September. AIOs grew by 27.4 per cent in sales value, driven by a 6.5 per cent increase …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

Microsoft has shared more details about how it plans to roll out Windows 10 beginning later this month. We already knew the OS will start shipping to members of the Windows Insider program on July 29. On Thursday, however, Microsoft OS boss Terry Myerson explained in a blog post that not everyone should expect to receive their …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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HP PCs 'n' printers boss steps down, replaced by Aussie

HP has snatched the reins of its bogged-down global PC and printer biz from exec Todd Bradley, just a year after stitching the units together, as it struggles to compete in the mobile slablet world. Confirmation came from HP HQ this afternoon that Bradley is being put out to pasture installed as exec veep for Strategy Growth …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

Business PC refresh cycles are set to stretch even further, according to IDC analysis - heaping more strain on vendors and channel partners. This comes against a backdrop of declining global sales of desktops and notebooks, which fell by 4.1 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively in 2012 compared to 2011. No near-term uptick is …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013
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Fujitsu slapped down in Land of the FALLING YEN

Revenue dropped 2.4 per cent at Japanese IT giant Fujitsu to ¥1,171.5bn (£6.6bn, $9.9bn) in the firm's third-quarter results, when compared with the same period last year, although a fall in the yen propped up non-domestic revenue levels. Sales in Japan took the biggest hit, falling 8.6 per cent due to a decline in shipments of …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2015
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Reliant on Dell for PCs? Start looking around, says Gartner ball-gazer

Can it really be that enterprise customers should make sure they have an emergency raft ready to head to the shores of rival PC makers should Dell jettison its desktop and notebook portfolio when it goes private? Yes indeed, says Gartner research director Adrien O'Connell, who reckons Dell will not quit this year but may do …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2013

It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has fixed security bugs in Internet Explorer and Windows that allow hackers to remotely execute code on victims' vulnerable machines – one bug a result of poor JPEG handling. Redmond said the March edition of Patch Tuesday – out today, natch – tackles programming errors in the software giant's web browser, operating …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014
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More Home Office and MoJ jobs could move abroad, union warns

Jobs at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office could be next in line to be offshored to India, the PCS union has warned, with both departments joining a £1bn shared services venture with outsourcing giant Steria. The Shared Services Connected (SSCL) joint venture, in which Steria owns a 75 per cent stake and the Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 31 Oct 2014
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Intel: We came here to bury our Mobile chip business, not praise it

Intel says that beginning next week it will report its quarterly earnings in a slightly different way than it has previously, in a move that shields the chipmaker's poor-performing Mobile and Communications group from direct scrutiny. On Monday, Chipzilla officially unveiled its new financial reporting structure, which combines …
Neil McAllister, 06 Apr 2015
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Dell bundles Ubuntu Linux on PCs in China

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical and PC and server maker Dell are tag teaming to peddle Linux on PCs in China. According to a blog post, Dell and Canonical have announced a partnership to push Linux on consumer PCs in China through 220 retail stores operated by Dell in the country. Dell Ubuntu PCs in China Dell's Chinese …

Light the lanterns people, Acer made a profit in 2014

A recovery of sorts is taking place at Acer with calendar 2014 P&L accounts returning to the black in a meaningful way, bringing closure to three consecutive years of losses. The latest CEO Jason Chen is steadying operations, and more conservative sales forecasts are also paying off, as Acer wasn’t forced to write down stock, …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
Infosec

Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be. “The events of last week reinforce the principle that customer experience, security and privacy must be our top priorities …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015
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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

Global fondleslab sales are levelling out with a smaller percentage point increase in the number of people set to purchase tablets this year than in 2014, according to analyst house Gartner. Last year sales rose just 11 per cent to 216m. This year market growth is expected to slow down further, with an eight per cent increase to …
Kat Hall, 05 Jan 2015

Dell slips ring on distie Tech Data

Tech Data and its commercial siblings are now fully tooled up with Dell kit and software, and are looking to get handy. The pair kicked off an inaugural distie deal in Britain last month that covered PCs - and a full blown agreement for servers and storage at Tech Data subsidiary Azlan is now also live. The tie-up between the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2015

Opinion

Windows 10 on Surface 3

Tim Anderson

It's do-or-die for Microsoft's new operating system on 29 July
Wine Taps by N Wong, Flickr, CC 2.0 License

Simon Sharwood

Clouds sell compute by the glass. On-premises kitmakers want to sell wine-as-a-service

Greg Knieriemen

Privacy, security, information sovereignty, what we all want, right?
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Andrew Orlowski

Redmond devotees may as well have demanded manga desktop wallpaper

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