Microsoft earlier this week made a point of noting that there have been 40 million downloads of Windows 8 since it launched a month ago, putting it ahead of where Windows 7 was at the same point in its sales cycle. But according to figures out today from NPD, in the midst of an overall slowdown in PC sales, this is not translating into robust hardware sales in the influential U.S. market.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is expected to announce Q2 2012 results on July 17. Intel’s Q2 profits and revenues (and the company’s longer-term business forecast) could give channel partners new clues about how to potentially prepare for Windows 8, Ultrabooks and other emerging markets.
While there's little doubt that PC sales as a whole are stagnating, the new touch-enabled form factors that Windows 8 has given rise to may be attracting consumer attention, not to mention much-needed dollars.
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) could provide new clues about Windows 8 Ultrabook and PC sales when the chip giant announces Q4 2012 earnings on January 17. Intel may also offer an update on its CEO succession plan. Current CEO Paul Otellini is (pictured) set to retire in May 2013, the company disclosed back in November 2012. So how is Intel — and its ecosystem of PC partners — performing?
AMD (NYSE: AMD) has opened an online showcase, AppZone, for applications and games powered by its accelerated processing units (APUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs).
That’s nice but it’s not the cool part — a collaboration with BlueStacks, an AMD-backed software developer whose technology enables Android apps to run on notebooks, desktops, PCs and tablets — will bring Android-bas
Some OEMs and OEMs are far from convinced that Windows 8 will reinvigorate PC sales, and are worried that if Microsoft low balls the price of its Windows RT-powered Surface tablet, this could have a negative knock-on effect on sales.