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Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

Windows 8 adoption percentage clobbered by OS X Mountain Lion

This week Microsoft's own CEO Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at Build 2012 and let it be known that they'd sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days it'd been on the market. Compared to what Apple has asserted with their install base for their own desktop operating system OS X Mountain Lion, this number might not seem quite so impressive - by percentage of installed base, that is. If you consider how many installs of Mac there were compared to how many people upgraded to Mountain Lion against the number of installs of Windows there were compared to how many upgrades there were to Windows 8, the difference is staggering.

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Steve Ballmer hypes massive Windows 8 launch numbers at Build 2012

Steve Ballmer hypes massive Windows 8 launch numbers at Build 2012

Steve Ballmer announced first of all today at Build 2012 that they'd sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days since it's been launched. It's no small number, of course, and for the developers seeing this system for the first time here in its final form at the developer conference we're experiencing here this week, it's nothing but great! Laptop sales are up 20% over forecasts, said Ballmer, and by the words of Ballmer, it would appear that Microsoft is doing better than they expected they would - imagine that!

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

After the announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet last week, company CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the competition and what the Surface brings to the table for potential tablet buyers. Despite Apple selling over 100 million iPads, the Kindle Fire HD being Amazon's best-selling product ever, and the Nexus 7 being UK's best-selling tablet, Ballmer says these tablets aren't what people truly want.

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Steve Ballmer: “Obviously” Microsoft will do more hardware

Steve Ballmer: “Obviously” Microsoft will do more hardware

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reiterated the company's new commitment to hardware, suggesting that it will "dive in" when "opportunities to set a new standard" arise. Speaking to the BBC, outspoken Ballmer confirmed what he had previously hinted at in a letter to shareholders earlier this month, a "fundamental shift" of Microsoft's attention from primarily software to a combination of that and the hardware it's used with. The first significant example of that is Surface, Microsoft's Windows RT tablet, but it won't be the last.

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Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

There's no doubt that the last few months of 2012 are going to be pretty big for Microsoft thanks to the incoming launch of Windows 8, but now CEO Steve Ballmer says that the launch of the new OS could be bigger than most of us are expecting. Speaking in a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Ballmer elaborated on his recent comments that 2012 would be the most "epic" year in Microsoft's history, saying that the launch of Windows 8 could eclipse that of Windows 95.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 16, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 16, 2012

Welcome to the start of another fabulous week of tech, gadgets, entertainment, and everything in-between here on SlashGear! Start your morning off right with a foretelling of a tablet future for Nokia, complete with a hinge for folding over! Next have a peek at the Sony Xperia NXT series as its available in the USA this week! If you're working with Skype, you might want to keep an eye on this message leak bug that's been creeping around your software's insides.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 10, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 10, 2012

This week we're seeing quite a bit of news on the RIM front, mostly because the heads of the company have been vocal in the face of a possible incoming lawsuit that will be headed by angry investors - bits like We don't build phones in China and re-elections of the board are running wild. On a lighter note, you'll want to check out the kickstarter for Ouya if you've got a love for Android and video games - console style. There's a couple of new Motorola devices out there soon, too, the RAZR V for Canada and the ATRIX HD for AT&T in the USA.

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Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

This week we made our way down to Los Angeles to check out Microsoft's big Surface tablet reveal, this their big move into the tablet space before Windows 8 and Windows RT have been formally introduced with 3rd party manufacturers. The likes of Acer, Lenovo, and HP were nowhere to be found at this event, with Microsoft speaking only for themselves here in their rare appearance in the hardware manufacturing realm. After a quick drive down memory lane from the Microsoft Mouse to the Xbox all the way forward through the original Microsoft Surface (the big table version), Microsoft brought on the fire with their first big-time tablet for Windows 8's Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

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