Toshiba Announces Three Convertible Laptops At IFA

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Manufacturers pin hopes on Windows 10 sales boost in declining market for PCs.

BERLIN – Pc producers are unveiling the primary massive batch of units operating Home windows 10 on the IFA residence electronics present opening in Berlin on Friday. The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years as consumers opt to spend their money on smartphones and tablets instead, so many companies are pinning their hopes for a revival in the PC market on the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft, introduced the IFA audience here in Berlin to Windows 10, pointing out the momentum that the operating system already has. “Our strategy is clear and our strategy is to build the best mobile and productivity services for the cloud-first mobile-first world,” Parker said. However one cuts the data—509 million new Windows devices in the coming year, or 1.5 billion Windows users—Microsoft is poised to succeed, he said. It also features a special microphone and a dedicated button for Cortana — Microsoft’s voice-controlled digital assistant — as well as infrared cameras to identify users by their faces. It it priced at $2,160 Cdn. “The last few years, many people bought Android tablets instead of buying a new computer, but that market is saturated now,” said Rudolf Aunkofer, global director IT at consumer research firm GfK. “At the same time laptops are getting quite old, so Windows 10 is likely to kick off a wave of replacements.” One problem for computer manufacturers is that Windows 10 is remarkably tolerant of old hardware, and upgrades are free. Microsoft says Windows 10 has already been installed on 75 million devices since its debut at the end of July. “Many people who have a computer that’s one to three years old will go for the free upgrade,” said Aunkofer. “But there’s a big base of machines that’s five to seven years old and those will be replaced.” The trend, he said, is toward so-called two-in-one devices which can serve as laptops or tablets, such as the Satellite Click 10 (hitting the shelves next month, $740 Cdn), or tablets with a separate keyboard.

Microsoft is urging software designers to embrace its Universal Application Platform, so that desktop software and apps designed for other operating systems will run on Windows 10. It used the Continuum technology inside Windows 10 to launch Windows 10 Universal apps—though not traditional desktop software—on an external monitor. Earlier than that, consumers might have merely been unconvinced that upgrading their units for Home windows eight — extensively seen as extra of a beauty enhancement than an actual enchancment — was worthwhile.

A lack of apps and the relative novelty of its operating system have been cited as a hurdle to consumer uptake, compared to more established smartphone systems such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Nick Parker, vice chairman of Microsoft’s OEM division, stated the free improve for older Home windows computer systems ought to assist stimulate curiosity throughout units, because it’s designed to look the identical on laptops, tablets and smartphones. Acer’s Aspire 1 Cloudbook is a fully functional PC for the price of $169, giving Windows 10 the chance to take back market share in the sub-$200 segment from Google’s Chromebooks.

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