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Windows 8 Update: Gartner, IDC diverge in blame game

Tim Greene | April 15, 2013
The problem with Windows 8 sales isn't Windows 8, it's Windows Phone 8, says a Gartner analyst.

IDC says worldwide shipments of PCs hit 76.3 million in the first quarter of this year down 13.9% from the first quarter of 2012 - the worst such decline since IDC started tracking PCs in 1994.

Microsoft: China attacks on Surface warrantee unwarranted

China's national radio attacked Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface Pro ultrabook, saying it should have a one-year warrantee for the device and a two-year warrantee for major parts, according to Bloomberg.

But Microsoft says it meets or exceeds warrantees required by Chinese law. "We stand behind our products with a manufacturer's warranty, which is additional to our commitment to honor any statutory obligation as either a manufacturer or retailer, to repair or replace a faulty product," Microsoft said in the statement," Microsoft says in a statement to Businessweek.

Look out for Outlook on Windows RT

Microsoft has developed a version of Outlook to run on its Windows RT platform, which is a combination of hardware and software built around ARM hardware and a stripped down version of Windows 8.

Windows RT already ships with an abbreviated version of Microsoft Office - lacking Outlook - but Outlook is available for the platform, according to Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows. "While visiting the Microsoft campus ... I ran into two people neither of whom actually works for the firm that had Microsoft Outlook on their Surface with Windows RT tablets," he writes.

Windows RT includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as well as an email app called Mail that is described as spare.


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