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Breakfast Briefing: slow start for Windows 8 and Ultrabooks, Samsung seeks ban on iPhone 5

Breakfast briefing

Posted on 2 Oct 2012 at 08:47

Today's top technology stories include details of how Windows 8 adoption is lagging behind that of Windows 7 - even before it's launched.

Analysts have also got an explanation for middling Ultrabook sales, and Brian Eno claims the music industry is exaggerating the news of its demise.

Windows 8 showing poor pre-launch take up

Windows 8 is winning over fewer early adopters than its predecessor, according to Net Applications' statistics. Windows 8 has 0.33% of OS market share a month before its official arrival, but Windows 7 had five times that figure a month before it arrived, ComputerWorld notes, adding that Windows 8 saw little "bounce" in new users when the RTM arrived, while Windows 7 did see an uplift.

Ultrabook sales held back by high prices

High prices and poor marketing are hurting Ultrabook sales, keeping them out of the mainstream, IHS iSuppli said, slashing its 2012 sales forecast from 22 million to 10.3 million, and its 2013 prediction from 61m to 44m.

The analyst firm said that could change if prices fall to $600 and with the arrival of next-gen Intel chips. "If Ultrabooks using the new Windows 8 operating system come close to the $600-$700 range next year, while adding in an attractive new consumer feature such as touchscreen, a good chance exists for strong sales in 2013," said Craig Stice, senior principal analyst for compute platforms at IHS.

Samsung adds iPhone 5 to ongoing patent case

Predictably and inevitably, Samsung has added the iPhone 5 to a list of Apple products it wants blocked in its painful patents war with the company. Fresh from a legal ruling that saw a sales ban of the Galaxy Tab lifted in the US, Samsung added the iPhone 5 to a list of Apple products it wants blocked over alleged patent infringements. CNet has a copy of the revised Patent Complaint, for anyone that's interested.

Eno: Web hasn’t killed music

Legendary musician and producer Brian Eno has always stood out from the crowd, but he's one of a rare breed that claims the internet hasn't been harmful to the music industry. In an interview with the BBC – during which he talked about the "open source music" created by his app – the industry great said the web had fuelled a huge growth in money made from live performances and said he had "never heard anyone say they're out of a job because of the internet".

White House confirms cyberattack

The White House has confirmed a hacking attack on some of its core systems, but accounts as to the severity of the strike, and its perpetrators, are entertainingly diverse. The Free Beacon, for example explained how "hackers linked to China's government broke into one of the US government's most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands".

It's a contrast to the way that the issue was reported by officials in both the US and China, whose state-run Xinhua agency simply reported a "spearphishing attack against an unclassified network", with no mention of where the attacks originated.

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User comments

Windows 8

"Windows 8 is winning over fewer early adopters than its predecessor"

In all honesty a whole load of Vista owners wanted off of that platform whereas now we're in a different situation. Change can take time and there's a whole load of people out there that simply cannot think for themselves. Give Windows 8 time and along with new hardware it'll catch on.

After all you can either go Apple (Which a lot of youngsters are doing anyway) or Linux/Ubuntu.

The choice is yours

By rhythm on 2 Oct 2012


You could always stay with Windows 7. Not rocket science. That's what I'll be doing till MS release something without a touch interface (or at least one you can turn off)

By mrmiley on 2 Oct 2012


Like a lot of folk we stayed with XP because we didn't like the information that was circulating about Vista - too many issues.

Now we have Windows 7 on our desktops and which works for us. We see absolutely no compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 8 so we'll stick with Win7 thank you.

By jontym123 on 2 Oct 2012

Not this time Microsoft

Our company will not be moving to 8. There's no reason at all because everyone would be told to use the desktop instead of the Metro interface. Stick with Windows 7 and there's none of that confusion. This could be a bigger flunk than Vista

By TimoGunt on 2 Oct 2012


...problem with the four testers working away here. One sales guy, one marketing lady, one accountant and one factory manager.

None of them have complained and are working as intended. The Metro interface is proving to be quite useful to the marketing lady and the Sales guy likes the fact that I added his football team to the sports app.

You see, of course, we're actually USING windows 8 instead of jumping on the bandwagon of negativity. Sure, it's not perfect, but neither is OSX or Windows 7.

P.s You can use the new interface with a keyboard and mouse with zero issues. Just... click... on something.

By rhythm on 2 Oct 2012

And then there's the hardware

It's not just that people are laregly happy with Win 7, is it? Surely it's also that without either touchscreens or better touchpads, many people can't see anything new to try? And the hardware isn't available yet.

By dougchaplin on 2 Oct 2012


Bandwagon jumping????? I've been using Windows 8 on and off (must have clocked up 100 or so hours) since the first public beta. Desktop publishing, CAD, Database development, video editing etc etc. Have I needed to use Metro (or whatever it's called today) for any of this? NO! Email, twitter, facebook, Linkedin, Wordpress etc?.... still no. I have what is called software, NOT "APPS" and I use them in both Windows 7 AND 8. As someone who works his PC hard, Metro is totally irrelevant to me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the desktop environment (except for the lack of start button, and not being able to find anything) It works fine. And please, dont use the old "type the name of a program and it will search for it" excuse, I work about 85% of the time with a mouse, rarely using the keyboard. Pinning to the bar is also not much of an option as my dual monitor desktop has about 150 odd program shortcuts on it. The bar ain't big enough :D I'm not being bandwagonly negative about Win8, I just don't see any point in it if you're not running it on a touch interface system (well, tablets, to be honest) It might even be alright if you are a non tech home user who only surfs, checks emails and the like. As has been stated by a number of people who I've talked to, I and they would have no problem upgrading to it if you could turn Metro off if you wanted to, otherwise there is no compelling reason to upgrade from Windows 7.

By mrmiley on 3 Oct 2012

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