Recap on Microsoft 8

By: Mike I. 7/22/2014: 7:57 EST

I heard that Microsoft has decided to compete with Chrome books at the lowest end of the PC market.  One running laptop, Windows 8, is only $200.

With Chrome books quickly taking up market share, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are failing to gain a good ground in business. Microsoft might have decided that it is time to go through desperate measures.

At the WPC, a COO detailed how Microsoft and it’s OEMs could compete against the growing threat of Google’s Chrome books.

Market research company NPD recently announced that Chrome books are up to 35% of commercial laptop shipments in the USA so far in 2014. It is now between 5 and 6% of total laptop sales.

Well, with a good $200, you can get this touchscreen laptop. This laptop is very easy to use, when you get the hang of it. This might be a problem for some of you.

The only way that Microsoft can really compete with Chrome books is to slash prices. The problem is, Windows 8 just wasn’t designed to run on a $200 laptop with a weak CPU and failing RAM.

Right now the percentage of consumer laptop sales is around 6% of all consumer laptop sales. Microsoft might be a bit concerned from the aggressive pricing.

 

 

Microsoft demos Skype Translator

Skype Translator  Credit: Microsoft

Skype Translator
Credit: Microsoft

By Santosh H. 7/17/14: 14:35

Recently at their Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft amazed people with a new major feature to Skype. They announced, Skype Translator. Quick summary, Skype Translator will be able to translate speech from both ways. For example, if Person A speaks in German, Person B (who is from America) will receive the speech translated in English. Text captions also come with it. Currently, it is not known what languages are supported.

This will definitely be a big difference on how Skype will be used. From customer support, to individual interviews, Skype is definitely getting more useful.