The release of Redmond-based Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.
While Microsoft is touting next week’s launch of Windows 8 as the savior of the computer industry, PC makers and analysts are increasingly skeptical that the new operating system will lure consumers away from tablets and smartphones.
Seattle-based Amazon has alerted its Kindle customers that they are entitled to a credit on prior electronic book purchases as part of settlements between some major e-book publishers and the government.
Attention is turning to Apple this week amid expectations that it’s announcing a new iPhone. Plus, Seattle’s Amazon announced four new Kindle Fire models and a new line of stand-alone e-readers, while Nokia and Motorola unveiled five new smartphones between them. Makers of consumer electronics, including Seattle’s Microsoft, are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season.
Toys R Us plans to launch its own tablet computer aimed at children called Tabeo on October 21, a low-priced entry into the increasingly crowded tablet business.
For decades, the tablet computer was like a mirage in the technology industry: a great idea, seemingly reachable on the horizon, that disappointed as hopeful companies got closer. Microsoft has experienced this cycle of hope and disappointment many times.
Microsoft is being secretive about a “major” announcement it plans to make in Los Angeles on Monday.
On the heels of the Seattle Public Library’s announcement that they have over 11,000 titles available to check out for Kindles, comes Amazon.com’s unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer.