Late last month Samsung announced version 2.0 of its secure Android platform known as KNOX. The move coincided with Apple's improvements to enterprise management of iOS devices. With both companies gunning for enterprise market, here's a look at how the platforms compare across 15 different areas of enterprise security and management.
PC sales just fell off a cliff -- the worst quarterly decline ever recorded
Still don't believe we're in a post-PC world?
This might change your mind. In the first quarter of 2013, PC sales dropped 13.9 percent compared with a year ago, according to stats just released by IDC.
That's the steepest decline since the firm began tracking quarterly PC sales back in 1994. It's also a lot worse than IDC's estimate of a 7.7% decline.
Consumers are shifting more of their spend to tablets and smartphones, mini-notebooks are not picking up the slack, and Windows 8 isn't sparking interest, the firm says. IDC also notes that "The PC industry is struggling to identify innovations that differentiate PCs from other products and inspire consumers to buy, and instead is meeting significant resistance to changes perceived as cumbersome or costly."
Every single one of the top five PC makers saw a double-digit decline except for Lenovo, which looks like a winner with zero growth. (See chart below.)
As Infoworld's Galen Gruman just pointed out via Twitter, the IDC data also showed a 7.5% decline in Mac sales in the United States. That shows that the decline isn't just about Windows 8. It's a secular shift toward more portable computing -- tablets and smartphones instead of PCs.
The PC isn't dead, but it sure doesn't look like a great market to be in right now. Microsoft isn't dead, but the transition to a services company can't happen fast enough.
Here's the bad news -- shipments are in millions of units.
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Tipbit this morning announced new funding, to the tune of $4 million led by Ignition Partners, with plans to add features and boost usage of the app. It's one of many companies, large and small, working on ways to help users combat email overload.
Cisco hopes to drive more use of video conferencing products in meeting rooms -- it said only 7 percent of meeting rooms in the world have video conferencing -- by learning from consumer markets. New products and services aim to make the products cheaper and easier to use. They'll also tie in products like phones and tablets that most people have with them during meetings.