Feeds

LIVE CHAT: You, El Reg, experts chat about Win 8.1 and Surface 2

Redmond plays its Christmas slablet and PC cards

A new approach to endpoint data protection

By the end of next Tuesday – 22 October – Microsoft will have played all of its Christmas cards.

Two new Surface slabs will have officially launched and Windows 8.1 will be working its way through shops, PC makers and download servers.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will bring new chips and graphics processors to make things faster; 10 hours battery life – honestly, this time Microsoft says; up to 512Gb storage; and a slimmed-down shape.

Windows 8.1 brings back both the Start button and the Classic desktop that Microsoft murdered a year ago in Windows 8.

Redmond wants its share of the massive tablet market, sales of which, analyst IDC reckons, will be bigger than the sales of PCs this Christmas for the first time ever.

Problem is, while the usual gadget titles wet their pants on Surface features, there’s hardly any in stock to move the market even in the US – while Androids are piling up and Apple will likely pull something big out of Santa’s sack.

As for the PC business upon which Windows 8.1 will be relying, that’s in its sixth successive quarterly decline.

All-About-Microsoft’s Mary Jo Foley, ITWriting’s Tim Anderson (who reviewed Windows 8.1 for us here and Server 2012 here) and Reg software editor Gavin Clarke joined readers fresh from the Surface 2 launches for a Surface 2 and Windows 8.1 Live Chat on 23 October.

You can read the discussion below. ®

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

More from The Register

next story
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?