Forget Windows 8.1, Folks Want Windows 7; & 4 More Things to Know Today

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Goes On Sale
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Here's a quick rundown from the world of business and economics this morning: the things you need to know, and some you'll just want to know.

• Good news for Microsoft (MSFT): Windows 8.1 came out last month, and it looks like more folks are upgrading their operating systems. Bad news for Microsoft: More people switched to Windows 7 than adopted either 8 or 8.1. In terms of market share, Windows 7 grew by 0.22 percentage points, while Windows 8 and 8.1 picked up a mere 0.05 percent of users. Not good news for the touchscreen-focused OS upgrade.

• Now here's some honest good news -- for J.C. Penney (JCP). Same-store sales were up by 10.1 in November over the year before, a sign that customers are returning to the retailer after the disastrous tenure of now-departed CEO Ron Johnson. Sales through its website are up, too.

• In a settlement with EU regulators, some of the world's biggest banks will pay fines totaling $2.3 billion for colluding to fix two benchmark interest rates -- the LIBOR, and the EURIBOR. But not all the banks involved agreed to the deal, and the EU is still gunning for those that didn't.

• Excellent news for fans of ... news. The new owners of Newsweek are bringing the printed magazine back to life. IBT Media purchased the Newsweek brand in August. And, considering that declining ad revenues have been the bane of magazine and newspaper publishers in recent years, we're pleased to hear they plan to rely on subscriptions for most of Newsweek's revenue.

• And finally, the culinary genius who came up with the idea for the Doritos Locos Taco has died. Todd Mills is credited with conceiving of the nacho-cheese-flavored taco shells, and he pressed Frito Lay (PEP) and Yum Brands (YUM) with letters and a social media campaign until they realized he was onto something. His family says the 41-year-old died on Thanksgiving.

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I changed both my laptop and desktop to 8 when it first came out. No biggie. I installed a third party START MENU and it's all the same to me now.

December 18 2013 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is no surprise, too bad MS didn't see this coming and they continue to try to push the new touch screen format on everyone. I doubt that mostly everyone on this planet are elderly people that are just unable to learn the new UI of Windows 8. It's funny that there are still so many who like W8 that try to convince Xp/W7 users to convert. I won't even touch it if it was given to me for free. MS seems to put up so much faith in W8 but it's not the UI that people want due to the rise of tablets and smartphones. Touch UI works fine on those devices but the desktop UI works best on desktops and laptops.

People are not going for it both in the business and home users so unless MS has a plan to build a successor to W7 i don't think MS will be convincing W7 users to move to whatever OS MS releases. Heck, MS is having a tough enough time trying to get XP users to switch to W7 or W8. No matter how you look at it though, most are not willing to switch to W8. There are still plenty who are not aware of W8 yet but those that are have either upgraded to it or have switched/stayed to a different OS. Not to mention developers have lost interest in designing apps for W8. Not enough users support it and last i read it's difficult to get the apps to work without MS's consent and most likely have to give MS a share of the money they make off the app. Seems the traditional way works better and would rather write a desktop version instead. When you write any programs you want to write it where the most people are going to be able to use it. Windows 8 app screen has a limited amount of users and that's a very small amount that actually use the app screen which is most likely a smaller percentage than Linux users.

MS should have got into touch world early on they may have had substantial following but they waited too long & they tried to drag the desktop users into it which is not doing so well and in fact giving W8 a bad name because touch UI wasn't meant for desktops, it was meant for touch devices like tablets. I sure would like a tablet with maybe W8 or with whatever else is available but i don't really have a pressing need for it either. Might have even given W8 a better chance at what it could really do but from a person still primarily using desktops for PC needs a tablet/touch UI isn't practical. MS really needs to put a fence in between the touch UI and the desktop UI to make it work. Because of the lack of ability to distinguish the difference MS is losing on both the desktop and the tablet side now. Trying to conquer it all with one OS type it just won't work. MS should be focusing the touch UI for tablets and the desktop UI for the desktop users. You can still have both formats in one, but they need to be separated in such a way where either format can be accessed, yet it won't intrude on one another. Returning the start menu would be the first to restore desktop user faith. Returning Aero Glass should be an apology for ignoring desktop user demands.

December 05 2013 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can't support programs because you have eliminated jobs and income. The infrastructure is crumbling. You keep extending the age of retirement as you shift the burden of manual labor on the elderly. Technology?

December 05 2013 at 3:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Are we recycling just to pump up exports? How about some jobs the trades failed.

December 05 2013 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You seek to explore space when you can't even look what your doing here on earth. When you get where your going you may turn back an see the earth is no longer inhabitable because you ignored it for too long.

December 05 2013 at 2:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I see a technology that is a hazard to humans, animals, the enviroment and property; can you guess which one that is? Can you imagine a drone hitting a living creature trying to deliver a package? Was your delivery worth injury or death?

December 05 2013 at 2:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't really see uniform standard improvements in much these days. I see a shell game and extortion that hinders and ruins lives. I see an America and a world growing in poverty run by bitter young people who torture the old to get ahead. I know god sees everything.

December 05 2013 at 2:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

just bought laptop with windows 8,what a pain i hate this mess. the masses do not thing like the geeks who devise these nutty programs. i want my windows 7 back!

December 05 2013 at 2:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Vadim A.

get windows 7 shell and you'll never want to go back to windows 7.

December 05 2013 at 8:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Progress that causes more poverty is not an improvement. Drones that fly at eye level are a danger to living things and property. Not all technology is a good idea.

December 05 2013 at 2:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Technology that destroys more jobs than it creates is wasteful. Your going to donate because you screwed the economy up. Sometimes even smart people can be idiots.

December 05 2013 at 2:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Iselin007's comment
Vadim A.

It creates profits in the short run and that's how "smart" people operate. They want their $100 million bonus now, not 50 years from now.

December 05 2013 at 8:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply