Quantcast
Latest Stories

“Stunning” start for Windows 8—Microsoft chief

By

Customers look at new Microsoft Surface tablet computers Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at a Microsoft store in Seattle. Friday was the first day of sales for the new Windows 8 operating system. AP PHOTO

SAN FRANCISCO—Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Tuesday said the Windows 8 operating system was off to a “stunning” start with four million upgrades downloaded since its release on October 26.

“In just the last three days, we have sold four million Windows 8 upgrades,” Ballmer said while kicking off a BUILD Conference for developers at the software giant’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

“The level of embrace from enthusiasts is very, very high.”

Ballmer added that tens of millions of businesses have also switched to the latest version of Windows.

Analysts have depicted Windows 8 as a bold bet for Microsoft since it dramatically changed the long-familiar user interface to adapt to touch-screen mobile devices increasingly popular in modern lifestyles.

“The level of enthusiasm seen for the new products has really been stunning,” Ballmer told the thousands of developers at the sold-out event.

Globally popular one-to-many text messaging service Twitter and online file sharing hit Dropbox are among applications being tailored to Windows 8, Ballmer told third-party software developers at the gathering.

Microsoft kicked off sales of its revamped Windows 8 system and Surface tablet Friday as it ramped up efforts to compete in a market shifting rapidly from PCs to mobile devices.

Microsoft on Monday set out to win over iPhone and Android gadget devotees with Windows 8 smartphones, new devices that emphasize individualism and unify digital lives in the Internet cloud.

The global rollout of Windows 8 phones, set to begin in Europe this weekend, is the final piece in a Microsoft operating system transformation aimed at harmonizing the technology titan’s software and hardware for mobile lifestyles.

The operating system has a user interfaced based on “tiles” that can be personalized with people’s pictures, applications, games, music and more.

Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore said that Microsoft was out to “re-invent” a smartphone experience that has for years basically consisted of a locked screen that opens to rows of icons.

“We decided not use that tired old metaphor and came up with our own way that puts people at the center of the experience,” Belfiore said with a slight jab at iPhone.

The BUILD conference was also intended to inspire developers to make fun, hip, or functional “apps” for devices powered by Windows 8 software.

Microsoft’s online shop is stocked with more than 120,000 applications tailored for Windows 8 phones and the number is growing, according to Belfiore.

Analysts have long contended that desirable “apps” are crucial to the success of smartphones.

Analysts said Microsoft is trying to walk a fine line by keeping hundreds of millions of Windows users worldwide while accelerating efforts to compete in the mobile world dominated by Apple and Google.

Microsoft planned a massive advertising campaign for Windows 8.


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter




Recent Stories:

Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking—Indonesia air force 12 mins elapsed Guiao fined P100,000 for ‘mongoloid’ comment vs Meralco forward 22 mins elapsed Obama lands in Seoul as N. Korea nuclear test fears grow 27 mins elapsed Businesswoman allegedly killed by husband, brother-in-law 30 mins elapsed Roxas suspended from golf club for outburst over P5,000 guest fee 34 mins elapsed SC reschedules oath-taking of new lawyers 53 mins elapsed Hawks and Grizzlies revel in home wins 1 hour elapsed Militant protests vs Obama, US set 1 hour elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Internet , IT , Microsoft , Software , US

  • http://twitter.com/miksas MikSas

    holding out ’til the inevitable bugs come out 



Copyright © 2014,
.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement Advertisement
  1. Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  2. Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  3. Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  4. Nokia to be named Microsoft Mobile
  5. ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  6. No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  7. Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  8. PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  9. Senator wants to probe PH slow Internet connection
  10. Philippines has slowest, poorest mobile LTE connection, says report
  1. Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  2. PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  3. Senator wants to probe PH slow Internet connection
  4. Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  5. Nokia to be named Microsoft Mobile
  6. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  7. Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  8. ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  9. Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  10. Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  1. #RejectedBbPilipinas2014Questions flood Twitter
  2. Did Deniece Cornejo lambast Vhong Navarro on social media?
  3. Netizens fall in love with Crimea prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya
  4. Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao scores, takes over social media
  5. Nude and so dangerous
  6. Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  7. Mommy Dionisia sings ‘Riking Bull,’sends netizens ablaze
  8. PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  9. Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor’s Internet fame
  10. Memes flourish after Pacquiao victory

News

  • Businesswoman allegedly killed by husband, brother-in-law
  • Roxas suspended from golf club for outburst over P5,000 guest fee
  • SC reschedules oath-taking of new lawyers
  • Ex-COA chief seeks bail after arrest for plunder
  • Aquino expects more from new Air Force chief ‘since I know him so well’
  • Sports

  • Guiao fined P100,000 for ‘mongoloid’ comment vs Meralco forward
  • Hawks and Grizzlies revel in home wins
  • Floyd: Manny’s power gone
  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking—Indonesia air force
  • Obama lands in Seoul as N. Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Militant protests vs Obama, US set
  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Advertisement
    Marketplace