Desktop PCs - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2033 en Thank XP: Desktop PC sales take off again in Western Europe http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/thank-xp-desktop-pc-sales-take-again-in-western-europe-240233?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>PC sales in Western Europe have risen after 13 consecutive quarters of decline, according to market research company Gartner. The market research company said government spending and the replacement of machines running Windows XP contributed to the growth.</p> <p>Across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PC sales grew by 0.3 percent after eight quarters of decline.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Windows XP Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:09:31 +0000 admin 240233 at http://www.infoworld.com Order up! One fried motherboard with an extra server on the side http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/order-one-fried-motherboard-extra-server-the-side-239946?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/oops_error_key.jpg" alt="Order up! One fried motherboard with an extra server on the side" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Gunnar Pippel</p> your IT tales IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Desktop PCs Servers Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 239946 at http://www.infoworld.com PC sales to drop by 6 percent in 2014 http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/pc-sales-drop-6-percent-in-2014-239204?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is nothing new, and Gartner today forecast a 6 percent drop in 2014 compared to last year -- and it envisions another decline of nearly 5 percent in 2015.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Tablets Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:56:57 +0000 admin 239204 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft tries to tempt XP diehards with $100 discount on new PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-tries-tempt-xp-diehards-100-discount-new-pcs-238900?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Microsoft yesterday began pitching another deal at pry-XP-from-my-cold-dead-hands customers, offering them $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device if they spring for one that costs more than $599.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:39:56 +0000 admin 238900 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel's first Broadwell chips set the stage for faster PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/intels-first-broadwell-chips-set-the-stage-faster-pcs-238750?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Haswell, move over. Intel has provided an initial glimpse into the faster and more power-efficient fifth-generation Core processors code-named Broadwell, which will be in PCs during the second half of this year.</p> <p>Intel announced on Wednesday Broadwell chips for desktops, which highlighted some big leaps in the chip architecture. Intel will reach new highs on the CPU core count, and Broadwell will support the new DDR4 form of memory. Intel did not address Broadwell chips for laptops.</p> Computer Hardware Intel Desktop PCs Processors Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:52:26 +0000 admin 238750 at http://www.infoworld.com Double standard: Why Apple can force upgrades but Microsoft can't http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/double-standard-why-apple-can-force-upgrades-microsoft-cant-238204?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Microsoft's 13-year-old Windows XP won't go away, as much as <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/dont-believe-the-lies-about-windows-xps-imminent-death-233815">Microsoft tries to cajole and threaten users to abandon XP</a>. In fact, it's the second-most-used version of Windows today (at 34 percent of users), though three versions of Windows shipped after it.</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mac OS X Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs MacBooks Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 238204 at http://www.infoworld.com Desktop search spending to fall this year as mobile grows, study finds http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/desktop-search-spending-fall-year-mobile-grows-study-finds-238394?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>The money spent by advertisers on the desktop will decline this year as people continue to reach for their smartphones to search for information, according to new data from eMarketer.</p> <p>In the U.S., desktop search spending will drop by $1.4 billion in 2014, a decrease of more than 9 percent from last year, while mobile search will increase by more than 82 percent, the market research company <a href="http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Desktop-Search-Decline-14-Billion-Google-Users-Shift-Mobile/1010668" target="_blank">said</a> in a report published Thursday.</p> Applications Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Desktop PCs Mobile Apps Search Engines Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:31:43 +0000 admin 238394 at http://www.infoworld.com Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014 http://www.infoworld.com/t/computer-hardware/get-real-idc-pc-sales-will-plummet-in-2014-237782?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="https://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/chart_down_hp.jpg" alt="Get real, IDC -- PC sales will plummet in 2014" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The numbers are in, and IDC now says that <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24700314" target="_blank">PC shipments will fall by 6 percent in 2014</a>, from 315 million in 2013 to 296 million in 2014. Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Computer Hardware Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237782 at http://www.infoworld.com IDC: PC sales won't stop dropping until 2018 http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/idc-pc-sales-wont-stop-dropping-until-2018-237740?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/chart_down_hp.jpg" alt="IDC: PC sales won't stop dropping until 2018" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If you've been waiting for the PC sales freefall to stop, don't hold your breath. Odds are you could be holding it for at least another four years.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Desktop Macs Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Technology Business Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:50:10 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237740 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel vs. ARM: Two titans' tangled fate http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/intel-vs-arm-two-titans-tangled-fate-237265?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/intel_vs_amd_fists_hp.jpg" alt="Intel vs. ARM: Two titans' tangled fate" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If the PC and Intel are joined at the hip, then Intel is hobbled, with 2013's 10 percent drop in PC sales marking "the worst decline in PC market history," according to Gartner.</p> Computer Hardware ARM Intel Desktop PCs Processors Smartphones Tablets Mobile Technology Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 237265 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8: Learn to love it http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-8-learn-love-it-236594?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Face the facts: Windows 7 PCs aren't about to magically appear out of the woodwork, and Windows 9 is at least a year away from fruition. Windows 8 isn't going anywhere, and it's time to settle in with Microsoft's current OS.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Mobile Apps Tablets IDG Insider Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 uphan 236594 at http://www.infoworld.com HP reverses decline in PC sales, claims broad progress in quarter http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/hp-reverses-decline-in-pc-sales-claims-broad-progress-in-quarter-236783?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Hewlett-Packard has returned its PC business to growth and reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal year.</p> <p>HP's revenue was down overall, but by less than analysts had forecast, and the PC group reported its first sales growth in seven quarters.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Hewlett-Packard (HP) Desktop PCs Technology Business Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:11:46 +0000 admin 236783 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-sets-oct-31-stop-date-windows-7-consumer-pc-sales-236467?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.</p> <p>On the site where it <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/lifecycle">posts such policies</a>, Microsoft now notes that Oct. 31, 2014, is the end-of-sales date for new PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate. All three are consumer-oriented versions of Windows 7; Home Premium has been the overwhelming choice of PC makers for consumer systems.</p> Microsoft Windows Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:15:00 +0000 admin 236467 at http://www.infoworld.com Mac Pro ship date slips to April as profiteers mark up computers 50 percent or more http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/mac-pro-ship-date-slips-april-profiteers-mark-computers-50-percent-or-more-236123?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Apple continued to have problems meeting demand for its radically redesigned Mac Pro desktop computer, with ship dates today extending into April.</p> Computer Hardware Apple Desktop PCs Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:00:17 +0000 admin 236123 at http://www.infoworld.com Plea to IT: Don't mess with my monitor http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/plea-it-dont-mess-my-monitor-235656?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/globe_laptops.jpg" alt="Plea to IT: Don't mess with my monitor" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> your IT tales IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Desktop PCs Tech Support Workstations Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 235656 at http://www.infoworld.com Spam doesn't lie: American consumers desert PCs for most mundane chore http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/spam-doesnt-lie-american-consumers-desert-pcs-most-mundane-chore-234836?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Traditional PCs were used at historically low rates last quarter to open emails, another sign that a longtime task of those notebooks and desktops has been hijacked by mobile devices, an email-centric firm said today.</p> <p>U.S. consumers used a traditional personal computer to open only about a third of all the spam email they received, with the task shifting more to mobile, a marketing vendor reported.</p> Applications Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Desktop PCs Email Software Smartphones Tablets Mobile Technology Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:26:35 +0000 uphan 234836 at http://www.infoworld.com HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts Windows 7 PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/hp-sticks-thumb-in-microsofts-eye-discounts-windows-7-pcs-234593?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Hewlett-Packard this week launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand."</p> <p>"The reality is that there are a lot of people who still want Windows 7," said Bob O'Donnell, chief analyst at <a href="http://www.technalysisresearch.com/index.html" target="_blank">Technalysis Research</a>, in a Monday interview. "This is a twist, though, and may appeal to those who said, 'I do want a new PC, but I thought I couldn't get Windows 7.'"</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Hewlett-Packard (HP) Windows 7 Microsoft Windows Desktop PCs Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:59:06 +0000 admin 234593 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel expects to reduce workforce by 5 percent this year http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/intel-expects-reduce-workforce-5-percent-year-234603?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Intel expects that its workforce will decline by 5 percent as it heads into a year in which revenue is likely to be flat.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Intel IT Jobs Desktop PCs Processors Technology Business Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:57:19 +0000 ccraig 234603 at http://www.infoworld.com Not just for Macs, Thunderbolt rumbles into PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/not-just-macs-thunderbolt-rumbles-pcs-233786?source=rss_desktop_pcs <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/thunderbolt_imac_ss.jpg" alt="Not just for Macs, Thunderbolt rumbles into PCs" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If you have a Mac built in the last few years, <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/thunderbolt-macbook-pro-the-last-notebook-youll-ever-need-169">you have a Thunderbolt port</a>.</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Apple Hewlett-Packard (HP) Intel Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 233786 at http://www.infoworld.com Acer reports Q4 loss, executives agree to salary cut http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/acer-reports-q4-loss-executives-agree-salary-cut-234473?source=rss_desktop_pcs <p>Acer reported another net loss at NT$7.6 billion (US$251 million) for the fourth quarter, as senior executives at the struggling PC maker agreed to a 30 percent cut to their salaries.</p> <p>It's the third consecutive quarter for which Acer has reported a net loss, as the PC market continues to shrink. During the fourth quarter, the company's revenue reached NT$86.7 billion, down from NT$101.5 billion a year earlier.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Desktop PCs Technology Business Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:52:35 +0000 admin 234473 at http://www.infoworld.com