Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:08 UTC
Windows After ditching its Windows RT tablets from the US market, Samsung has now also confirmed to it's going to stop selling them in Germany and several other European countries. The company cites lack of interest from consumers and confusion over what Windows RT is. Combined with the massive discounts Microsoft is now giving to OEMs, the writing is on the wall here: Windows 8 - specifically on tablets but also in general - is turning into a failure.
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RE: WTF? Wrong conclusion...
by ricegf on Thu 7th Mar 2013 14:40 UTC in reply to "WTF? Wrong conclusion..."
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Windows 8 is chugging along fine.

Meh, not so much.

Win 8 is "chugging along fine" only on the desktop, where their fading monopoly still affects buying decisions - though the last chart I saw showed Win 8 flatlining in growth, dropping below the adoption rate of even the ill-fated Vista -

In the overall personal computing market, Windows share is falling rather quickly due to their inability to gain any traction in mobile (

As an example, we bought our oldest grandson a laptop for Christmas, and it came with Windows 8 (of course). He was very excited, and went to play his favorite flash game on the web.

It wouldn't work.

He brought it back to me, and after some googling we discovered (working from memory here) that Win 8 has *two* IEs, and only one runs flash. I suspect one is the "touch" version and one the "desktop" version? In any event, he was running the "wrong" IE, and we had to find the desktop and launch it from there.

I'm still amazed at the sheer stupidity of that.

Did I mention my other two grandchildren asked for and received an Android tablet and an iPod Touch for Christmas?

Based on the market reports, I just don't think they are atypical...

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RE[2]: WTF? Wrong conclusion...
by Nelson on Thu 7th Mar 2013 21:41 in reply to "RE: WTF? Wrong conclusion..."
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IE in Metro only runs Flash if its on a constantly updated whitelist. This is to ensure that the Flash applications meet interaction and battery life criteria for touch devices.

I think it should be on a toggle though, I hope Microsoft changes this.

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ricegf Member since:

Ah, didn't know that. Of course, my grandson's laptop wasn't touch - but I suppose it would be too difficult to manage a whitelist for touch and non-touch battery devices, and apply them accurately. Oh, well.

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