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  • At the World Economic Summit, Michael Dell and Lenovo Americas President Gerry Smith say the market is strong despite years of declining sales.

  • Microsoft on Jan. 21 announced HoloLens, a holographic headset that's designed to run the upcoming Windows 10 operating system and enable users to view and manipulate virtual objects in a 3D environment. While Microsoft's announcement came as a surprise to many, it also highlighted just how feasible it is that virtual reality and holographs will move beyond the realm of gaming and film making to become an important scientific and business technology. With its $2 billion acquisition last year of Oculus VR, Facebook showed that it is willing to bet big on the future of virtual reality technology. Also in 2014, Sony introduced Project Morpheus, a code name for a virtual reality headset that will work with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Samsung is even planning to compete in VR with help from Oculus. Now Microsoft has joined the fray. But while Microsoft's headset could easily be viewed as a competitor to products like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, it also has distinct features and design goals that set it apart from these products. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at what Microsoft hopes to achieve with HoloLens compared with Facebook's Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus.

  • The software giant plans to bring its accelerated, cloud-inspired software update cadence to consumer and business users of the upcoming operating system.

  • The Research and Innovation Center will tie the company closer to the idea of new-gen IT and also appeal to innovators in the Bay Area.

  • Microsoft has now made one thing clear to consumers, enterprise customers, PC vendors and competitors: It has evaluated the Windows ecosystem, discovered what it has done wrong and will try to fix those problems in its upcoming operating system, Windows 10. Although Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 last year, the company provided significant details on the operating system during a special press event Jan. 21. Microsoft confirmed several rumors—for example, that the operating system will come with the Project Spartan Web browser and include cross-platform functionality with the Xbox One. Microsoft also announced an important, but perhaps somewhat surprising, revelation: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for one year to current Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. With Windows 10, one could argue that Microsoft is showcasing what it has talked about for the last year—that it wants to be a cloud- and mobile-focused company that uses Windows as a vehicle for achieving that.  The tech giant appears to be well on its way to reaching that goal. The following slides examine 10 factors that make Windows 10 a game-changer for Microsoft.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Once the next version of Windows is installed, Microsoft plans to begin a process of continuous updates that will eliminate the concept of next versions.

  • Technology giant Hewlett-Packard on Jan. 20 unveiled a slew of tablets and commercial mobility offerings, including eight mobile devices and an ecosystem of accessories, aimed at businesses spanning education, health care, retail and field organizations. The tablets run either Windows or Google's Android operating system and employ technology such as Gorilla Glass 4, Corning's toughest cover glass to date. Plus, they can be paired with accessories like the Duet Pen, which employs Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital pen technology. The market for mobile devices such as tablets will evolve in the near future based on dramatic shifts in business workforces, workplaces and even the work styles of employees, Michael Park, vice president and general manager of the printer and personal systems group for commercial mobility and software at HP, told eWEEK. HP's workforce is increasingly global and multicultural, influenced by the entry of digital natives and the increasing mobility of their work. At the same time, Park noted, businesses are dealing with a changing workplace made up of contract employees and flexible work arrangements, adaptable workspaces and increasing use of cloud-based technologies. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at HP's latest tablets and accessories.

  • The convergence of giant TVs and tablets with touch displays will inevitably replace today's PC paradigm in homes, businesses and enterprise conference rooms.

  • CEO Lisa Su says the upcoming launch of the company's "Carrizo" processor for notebooks will boost AMD's fortunes in the PC market.

  • Key for producing a successful enterprise device: It must be able to be managed in a way that satisfies both the user and the enterprise.

  • Brian Krzanich said Intel processors offer the capabilities and innovation Apple needs for its popular line of computers.

  • It's been a rough few years for PCs and their makers. Since late 2011, worldwide shipments of the venerable computers have fallen off, due in large part of the rising popularity of tablets, and the fallout was significant. OEMs and component makers such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Advanced Micro Devices rapidly began extending the reach of their portfolios to reduce their reliance on PCs, while others like Sony got out of the business altogether. However, in recent quarters, the decline in shipments slowed, thanks to such trends as the need of businesses to replace their aging systems, Microsoft's decision last year to end support of Windows XP, slowing tablet sales and new form factors, such as two-in-one PCs. Despite the slowing sales, PCs are still a big business, with more than 300 million being sold every year. And if the recent 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was any indication, buyers will see a flood of innovation come into the space this year and into 2016. In this slide show, eWEEK touches on some of what's to come.

  • The vendor's CEO tells Bloomberg that the new company could be worth $2 billion when it starts selling smartphones and devices April 1.

  • The chip maker also saw strong growth in such new areas as the IoT, but PC and servers most bolstered its 2014 numbers.

  • Low-cost systems, the popularity of Chromebooks and saturation of the tablet market help buoy a still-struggling PC space, the analyst firms say.

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