The MacBook Pro was judged to be the “best performing” Windows laptop, according to a new study by PC services company Soluto. Soluto used “frustration analytics” to make the determination, according to Brooke Crothers at CNet.
“Frustration analytics,” in this case, tracks the crapware that PC makers put on machines fresh from the factory. Apple doesn’t make new MacBook owners jump through hoops to have a useable machine, so the MacBook Pro wins.
Soluto feels their comparison is valid because it looks at computers used in the field, as opposed to how they can optimally be set up to run. Other “frustration metrics” measured by Soluto include crashes per week, hangs per week, average boot time, and frequency of “Blue Screens of Death.”
Getting Windows working on the Mac takes some extra steps, though – installing Boot Camp or virtualization software and a fresh copy of Windows, for example. Soluto also dings Apple for possible driver issues.
The latest figures show that Apple’s Mac line is generating more profit than the entire PC industry put together.
The figures, from Horace Dediu, show that Apple Mac generated almost $1.2 billion in Q4 of last year. In comparison, the 5 top PC vendors only managed to generate shy of $900 million, phenomenal figures. It was always thought that Apple would kill the PC with the iPad, however it looks like they’re doing it with their own line of computers.
The huge figures are down to the operation margin of Apple’s Mac, which is around 19%, in comparison, its closest Windows competitor Dell, only has an operating margin of around 4%. Apple’s epic computers, along with their epic price tags are certainly generating Apple a whole lot of money. So much so, that it would actually be viable for Apple to cut prices of its Macs by up to 15%, allowing them to gain an even greater competitive edge over its Windows rivals.
Research firm Gartner has predicted that Apple’s devices will outsell Windows for the first time ever in 2013.
Estimates have been forecasted based on Apple’s sales of iPhones, iPad, and Macs and sales of all devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows operation system. Last year, Windows sold 175 million devices, in comparison, Apple sold 159 million, although it looks like the tables might be about to turn in the coming year.
The combined sales of Apple products look set to surpass Microsoft for the first time ever…
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Apple is how they approach upgrades. While companies like Microsoft sell their operating systems at an exorbitant licensing cost, Apple has favored an approach in which they release their operating system upgrades either for free (as with iOS) or at a low cost that anyone can afford.
The benefits are big. Updated versions of operating systems tend to be more secure, which helps guarantee OS X’s lead over Windows when it comes to malware. Naturally, then, Mac users tend to adopt new versions of OS X faster than Windows users upgrade, but the statistical disparity might surprise you.
According to a new study by Net Applications measuring operating system and browser adoption rates amongst visitors of about 40,000 web sites, Lion and Mountain Lion were both installed on 29% of all Macs within five months of release. Snow Leopard fared slightly better and was installed on 32 percent of all Macs within five months.
How does Windows compare? Not well. The best-selling version of Windows to date is Windows 7, which was installed on only 11% of all PICs after five months. Vista fared even worse, having showed up on only 5% of all PCs after five months.
What about Windows 8? Well, it’s too early to say, but it looks like it’s more a Vista than a 7. No surprise, really, given what a huge paradigm shift it is from the standard Windows experience.
Source:Cult of Mac.
Microsoft has just updated its My XBox Live app to version 2.0, and it has been completely revamped as XBox Smartglass.
SmartGlass was launched by Microsoft only a few months ago as a new feature for the XBox360, and it aims to provide a second screen experience for XBox gamers.
Xbox SmartGlass lets you:
• Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
• Use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
• Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
• Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
• Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
• Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
• Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
• Change up your 3D avatar
• Message your Xbox friends
• Edit your Xbox profile
The app has a very Windows 8 Metro UI feel, and looks similar to the previously released Android version.
If you’re an XBox user, download the app from the link below, and let us know what you think in the comments!