Reasons About Why Consumers Should Buy A Business Laptop

We all aware of the laptop and its benefits. But very few of them know the difference between a consumer laptop and a business laptop. Consumer laptops are usually designed for style and basic needs whereas, a business laptop is designed for a better usability and more configuration options. Now, you might be confused about which type of laptop you are using and if the answer is the business laptop, then it is well and good as it has various benefits and features compared to a consumer laptop.

If you have a business laptop and you are using it only for writing emails, for social media like facebook, etc. then you need to know that it is not featured only for such basic things, rather you can use it for various other reasons.

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Better durability and quality

Compared to other type of standard laptops and best laptop brands, business laptops are durable and has better usability. A consumer or house user laptop has a limited features due to which the quality is poor and at the same time it is less durable. You can download and use high GB softwares more time comfortably in a business laptop, but the same thing can be found difficult in a consumer laptop. For instance, there are various editing softwares which cannot be installed in a home user laptop but can be installed and used without any problem in a business laptop.

Additional security built in

As the name itself speaks about the usage of the laptop. A business laptop is mostly used by business firms and IT departments for the business purpose. As it holds various confidential documents and files, there are various steps to protect the laptop which cannot be seen in a normal consumer laptop. For instance like, fingerprint reader, TPM(Trusted Platform Module) Embedded security chips which helps to protect and encrypt your datas which are present in your business laptop. There are various best laptop brands which provides various other security facilities to the business laptops which are produced by them.

Better keyboards

Compared to consumer laptop keyboards, the business laptop keyboards are more good and also provides a better typing experience. It doesn’t mean that the keyboards of consumer laptop are bad or poor. As business laptops are used for business purpose, it is natural that they would be using computer more than a normal person who is using a consumer laptop for surfing or posting in social media, it is necessary to provide a greater comfortability to the user and thus it can be experienced in a business laptop. You can visit this website to have a look on best keyboards.

Better screen

The major problem caused by a laptop user is the rays emitted from the screen of the laptop which creates problem for naked eyes and also for the brain. The screen of the consumer laptop comes out with glossy display that may show vibrant colour which directly hits the naked eyes which cause strain and red eyes. At the same time, a business laptop generally has anti glare displays or anti glare options which protects our eyes and also give an easier view while working outdoor and also have a better viewing angles. This helps the user to work on the laptop conveniently without any difficulties.

Replaceable and extended battery facilities

Most of us have seen laptops which comes with sealed-in batteries due to which we all are stick to sockets because the battery life drains very faster and we need to charge it as soon as it gets over. But if you are using a business laptop which is designed in a way that you can swap batteries on your own then you can carry a spare battery so that as soon as the existing battery’s charge gets over you can replace it with the other battery. This helps you to carry your laptop for a longer distance without any worries.

Can own at reasonable price

A business laptop provides you with various facilities and features which a normal consumer laptop fails to give. Thus, you may face costly compared to a consumer laptop but still it is worthful as it holds various features. There are various best laptop brands which produces different business laptops with various and unique features.…

Windows 8 Marketshare Overtakes Mac OS 10.8

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While market growth for Windows 8 might be a little slow, there is no denying that it is moving forward. According to new information from Net Application’s website, the week of January 20th now sees Windows 8 installed on 2.45 percent of PCs worldwide. Also check for the best laptop brands list.

Sure, this isn’t a huge amount, but that’s not bad for a new OS that is a radical departure from the familiar. It is also worth noting that that’s equal to Mac OS 10.8′s market share. For those that don’t follow the Apple world, 10.8 is the most recent version of Mac’s OS. It’s also worth noting that Windows RT (or as they call Windows 8 touch?) has .08% of the market, bringing total Windows 8 market share to 2.53%.

This is encouraging news for many reasons. First, like I mentioned Windows 8 is a big change that some will avoid at first. The second is simply that we live in an age where PCs last longer and upgrades are less important.

I know many people who wouldn’t mind eventually buying a new PC, but their 4+ year-old Core 2 machines are still holding up OK and with the economy the way it is– there are other things that are at the top of the “purchasing” list long before a new PC.

In a few years, Windows 8 will probably see a dramatic jump up as users finally ditch their aging XP, Vista and even Windows 7 machines. For the time being, Windows 7 will continue to be King. For now that means 45.77% of PCs run on the OS, 5.01% run Vista, and 38.18% run Windows XP.

Windows 8 continues to jump up in installed share with each of these releases, so that means not everyone feels Windows 8 is such a bad choice I’d wager. What do you think of Windows 8, will it eventually catch on when it comes to mainstream success or will most users not move to the new Start UI until Windows 9?…

Why I Believe We’ll See a Windows 8 Smartphone in 2013

 

First things first, the rendition of the Windows 8 Smartphone above is not an actual Microsoft product.  It comes from the fertile imagination of Jonas Daehnert, an industrial designer, who was inspired by the Surface.

That being out of the way, I’ll proceed to share why I feel we are very likely only a few months away from a Windows 8 Smartphone running Windows Phone 8.

The first reason is that given the existence of the Surface RT and the Surface Pro in early 2013, it makes no sense to build a reference model for tablets and ignore the exploding smartphone market, On the other hand, with a steamer, you can press clothes right on the hanger.

Windows 8 Smartphone, as I choose to call it, completes the logical business plan.  And not just for the “reference model” benefits, I think cold hard cash from fat margins would help a great deal too.

The Wall Street Journal voices its own suspicions, noting;

Microsoft Corp. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own smartphone design, people familiar with the situation said.

The move suggests the computer-software giant is increasingly adopting a variation of a business model favored by rival Apple Inc., which designs computers and phones along with the software that powers them.

The Apple model of making extremely profitable hardware AND software cannot have escaped Microsoft’s attention.  It may not be worth the trouble to create Microsoft desktops since that market is mature and growing ever so slowly.

However, it is a whole new deal in the smartphone market, where there is really only Nokia (and HTC) to upset.  Samsung is a newer relationship and probably won’t care as Android is their main market.

You see, it just makes sense.  Just take a look at Google, and their Nexus project, which has already seen The Nexus 4, 7, and 10, running ‘pure’ versions of Android.  Google couldn’t just do Nexus 7 and 10, without 4, the smartphone, no more than Apple could build only the iPad.

I’m not sure that Microsoft has learned anything new about timing, so it could be 2014 instead of 2013, but this is a glaring opportunity that even Redmond must be able to see.  Why wait until the Lumia and others fail because you didn’t launch the Windows 8 smartphone?

Alternatively, why wait until they succeed and make it more difficult for you to make money in that space?

Last, Microsoft has said they will be making many of their retail outlets permanent, creating more of them, and ‘expanding’.  Could that be in anticipation of the Windows 8 smartphone?

All in all, I see the Windows 8 smartphone coming soon to a Microsoft Store near you.  Do you?  Share your views in the discussion below.…

Microsoft Closes Loophole that Allowed Free Windows 8 Activation

Several few weeks back Neowin.net reported on a loophole in Windows 8 that allowed users to activate pirated copies of Windows 8. It worked by downloading the Media Center add-on.

Since then, untold numbers of conscience-free users who read about the widely reported flaw have availed themselves of free copies of the new OS and avoided paying $40.

Well, the free ride is over. Microsoft has slammed that door shut and fixed the flaw in the activation system. Now those who try to use the exploit to illegally install Windows 8 get the following error:

You might see this error after you used the Add Features to Windows 8 app to upgrade your current edition of Windows. The Windows 8 Pro with Media Center edition can only be activated on PCs that had Windows preinstalled, or Windows was purchased on the Windows website or at a retail store. To fix the problem, you need to install Windows with the product key provided to you in an email or with the DVD. If you think you have received this message in error, contact a Microsoft Customer Support representative.

Microsoft has so far, not done a retroactive analysis to track down those who used the exploit and deactivate their copies. It may not be worth the effort, but for the illegal users, any day could be the day they are found out and their copy suddenly becomes illegal.

So, if you were planning on using the exploit to obtain a free copy of Windows 8, time to pony up $40. To my mind, its worth it.  Neowin’s report can be found…

Dell Execs Asked Microsoft not to Give the “Windows” Moniker to RT

At the Dell World conference in Austin last week, Dell’s vice-chairman and President of its PC business, Jeffrey Clarke, said that he strongly advised Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer not to include the name “Windows” with the new Windows RT OS, despite its similar look and feel.

The reason was that customers might be misled into thinking that native Windows applications could run on the new ARM-based tablets running Windows RT.  Mr. Clarke’s revelation of his earlier warning strangely sounds very much like an “I told you so!’

Apparently that warning seems to have been prophetic in hindsight as Microsoft has had to relax its return policies to accommodate users returning heir Surface RT tablets because they do not run their favorite Windows applications.

Mr. Clarke said that Ballmer had responded that the Windows brand was too important a franchise to not be used with Windows RT.

Hopefully, this does not turn into a full-fledged public relations debacle for Microsoft as relaxed return policies are a clue that the return rate may be significant enough to require policy changes.

To make matters murkier, Intel will have a new low-power Atom processor that is legacy- or x86 compatible, giving new tablets built with it the ability to run native Windows applications.  Thus there will effectively be 3 processor choices for Windows tablets – the ARM, the Atom, and traditional Intel chips e.g., Core i5 and i7.

Earlier, there were many reports that Microsoft has cut orders from its OEMs for Surface RTs, giving more indications of soft demand.  In January, the picture will become clearer as to Surface RT sales.  If it doesn’t, we should be even more concerned.

The implications are particularly important in the enterprise where Windows native capabilities matter to a lot of firms, even in the era of BYOD (“bring-your-own-device”).  Lacking the ability to run native x86 Windows applications  Surface RT has to get in the same line as other tablets with no special consideration given.…

Nielsen Studies Windows 8 Usability – A Tough Verdict.

There’s an interesting study of Windows 8 usability by the well known Nielsen Norman Group that may give businesses (and consumers) insights into how the new OS might affect productivity.

Jakob Nielsen points out that the dual nature of the desktop means there is more for the user to learn. The traditional desktop UI must be understood along with the new Metro interface.  This can lead to cognitive overload in his view.

This is intuitive as there is a “cognitive setup time” that is required when switching between environments.  In addition Nielson notes that the user has to carry around more commands in their memory for the two interfaces instead of one.

Windows 8, he adds, restricts the user to a single window in the main UI – which is fine for tablets, but more problematic with larger displays where many applications are running concurrently.

He also critiques ‘flat’ style where shadows or raised type that can convey subtle cues have been eliminated, detracting from usability.

The next issue Nielsen raises is one I have heard repeated quite frequently, namely the low information density of the tiled interface.  Many Windows 8 screens actually convince you that a new phenomenon exists – “display underuse”.

For the enterprise, this is extremely problematic, as workers in many settings need information-rich interfaces to handle complex tasks.  So it will be interesting to see what the enterprise feedback is over time.

So much image, so little information

Another issue Nielson highlights is the ambiguity of tiles.  Very often, you have no idea what a pretty picture in a tile means.  You have to guess at it. Obviously, this depends on the tile creator, but too often, tiles can lead to quizzical expressions as to function.

Hidden charms are another issue that Nielsen’s 12 test subjects – experienced Windows users by the way – found problematic. “Out of sight is out of mind” was the problem.

The last issue highlighted was that many gestures were error-prone. Swiping or ending a swipe in just the wrong place could lead to dramatically different results.

Nielsen goes on to say he thinks that in trying to be a jack of all (in this case, 2) trades, Windows 8 ends up being a master of neither the traditional desktop UI or the “Modern UI” as the Metro-style interface is now called.

More to the point of the enterprise, he views Windows 8 as a productivity-sapping software program.  Microsoft must hope this is not true, as it is one of its major target markets.…

Will the Google/Microsoft Cold War Kill Windows Phone 8?

Mutual disdain between two technology giants, Microsoft and Google has evolved into a full scale cold war in the smartphone and tablet arenas.

This was perhaps inevitable, but the recent raft of ads by Microsoft deriding Google and the latter’s refusal to create apps for Windows Phone 8 took some industry watchers by surprise.

The early part of the relationship between the two was cooperative and complementary, rather than competitive. With Microsoft focused on desktop/server OSs and applications, and Google focused on search, all was well between the two.

How things have changed. The strategic relationship began to shift when Microsoft belatedly woke up to the need to be in search and Google launched their own browser, Chrome, which has since overtaken IE worldwide (though not yet in the US).

With the birth of Android and its market share domination in the exploding tablet and smartphone world, Microsoft became increasingly anxious that the next computing era might end up belonging to Google and Apple, not to them.

Android has been a breakout success for Google, giving them a crushing lead over the second place iOS in the 3rd quarter of 2012, according to the Gartner Group.

Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q12 (Thousands of Units)

 

Operating System

3Q12

 Units

3Q12 Market Share (%)

3Q11

 Units

3Q11 Market Share (%)

Android

122,480.0

72.4

60,490.4

52.5

iOS

23,550.3

13.9

17,295.3

15.0

Research In Motion

8,946.8

5.3

12,701.1

11.0

Bada

5,054.7

3.0

2,478.5

2.2

Symbian

4,404.9

2.6

19,500.1

16.9

Microsoft

4,058.2

2.4

1,701.9

1.5

Others

683.7

0.4

1,018.1

0.9

Total

169,178.6

100.0

115,185.4

100.0

Source: Gartner (November 2012)

These numbers span both the smartphone and tablet markets and show how dominant Google has become in the increasingly important mobile market.

The truth, therefore, is that this has become an existential battle for Microsoft. If the mobile market continues on its trajectory and desktops/laptops remain stagnant or even decline as some project, then Microsoft’s long-term future is put at risk.

However, it was still surprising to see Microsoft launch it #droidrage and ‘scroogled’ ads in a bitter broadside directly against Google.

The consensus however, is that the #droidrage campaign generally backfired, while the scroogled campaign – accusing Google of biased search results based on payment from advertisers – had limited impact.

So it was not surprising that Google now appears to have launched a “get even” effort on in its part.  It just announced it would drop consumer support of Google Sync, the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol used for getting email, contacts, appointments and tasks onto mobile phones, on January 30, 2013.

In its stead, Google recommends CalDAV for calendar, CardDAV for contacts, as well as IMAP for email. In essence, this is a blow to Microsoft, as they do not support CalDAV or CardDAV.

Google’s actions now make it clear that if you buy a Windows Phone 8 device, don’t expect to use its consumer services.

The funny part of this is that Microsoft had benefited immensely from Android’s success. The EAS protocol used also by the iPhone was licensed them and they received royalties from every Android phone sold. Until now.

In addition to denying Microsoft licensing revenue, Google apps on Windows Phone 8 will no longer work properly after the switch is made, UNLESS Microsoft spends immense time and energy developing CalDAV or CardDAV interfaces.

Next, Google has announced it has no intention of developing Google Maps or YouTube or Gmail or g-annything else apps for WP8, as its share of the market does not warrant it. While arguably true, boy, does that hurt.

As Darren Murph in Engadget argues, that may be the cruelest blow of all as apps determine whether a smartphone lives or dies.

The rumble about lack of apps continues to hurt the Lumia and other WP8 smartphones and the latest kerfuffle with Google won’t help any.

Microsoft is now in the unfamiliar position of underdog as this cold war with Google comes at a time when the Lumia and other Windows Phone 8 phones are struggling during the Christmas season.…

Gartner Predicts Windows 8 Enterprise Adoption will Remain Slow Going Forward

The year 2012 is winding down and that’s when predictions about next year start showing up from various analysts.

This time around we have Gartner’s list of predictions, two of which really focus on Windows 8 and the enterprise. Without further ado, here they are:

Slow Windows 8 Enterprise Adoption

As a Windows 8 site dedicated to the enterprise, we believe that there is a lot of potential for Windows 8 to rock the business world. That said, it doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that its slow adoption will likely continue into 2013.

Gartner says that businesses aren’t ready for Windows 8 just yet. That said, I don’t agree with the analysts at Gartner that are suggesting that 90% of enterprises will skip Windows 8 altogether. Instead, I feel that the slow pace of Windows 8 will continue into the 1st (maybe even 2nd) quarter of 2013. As businesses start to understand that a unified Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 experience can help overall efficiency, I believe that things will start to turn in Microsoft’s favor.

More businesses will likely be considering Windows 8 for their mobility needs by mid-to-late 2013. I do believe that Windows 7 will still continue to dominate overall in the enterprise environment, but many companies will take a mixed approach: they will keep Windows 7 on the desktop but will adopt Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT devices for their mobility needs.

Windows PC Dominance Continues to Fade

Again, this seems like an obvious one. Consumers are buying fewer PCs and more tablets and phones for their households. By 2015, Gartner believes that 80 percent of handsets will be smartphones and that only 20 percent will run on Windows Phone.

As far as the enterprise world is concerned, Gartner believes that 90% of enterprises will support at least two mobile operating systems, and in the next five years, 65% of businesses will use some kind of mobile-device management solution.

There are many other predictions from Gartner, which you can check out by clicking the source, but these are certainly the big hitters.

I honestly agree for the most part, but let’s understand that even if Windows 8 isn’t going to be a big part of the enterprise world right away, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good OS.

Let’s think about this for a second.

Why Windows 8 could be a win for Enterprise Situations

A stunning 90% of businesses by 2015 will support two or more mobile operating systems, likely on top of some form of desktop Windows as well– at least according to Gartner. Think of the IT and admin costs for training and maintaining these multiple systems.

While iOS and Android can work with a Windows-based enterprise environment, going all Windows across the board can truly eliminate frustration, confusion and training/maintenance costs.

If you own a small business and have need of tablets and a unified phone program for your company, why not consider Windows 8? It will make life easier across the board. This is even truer if your company utilizes in-house programs. You can eventually make a Metro-version of your software and will find that this version can play nicely with Windows RT, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with just a little porting work.

Are you a business considering Windows 8, if so, what is holding you back right now…