With Vista, and “7″ we heard this refrain:
“benefiting by Intel’s launch of the Ivy Bridge platform, demand for notebook is expected to rise in the second quarter and with assistance from Windows 8 in the third quarter, a new wave of replacement trends are expected to start appearing in the quarter, helping notebook shipment to grow.”
Wintel, it’s getting tired. Vista flopped. “7″ did well but did not stimulate the desktop/notebook markets. They’re flat at best. How is “8″ going to be any different? The world is not waiting on “8″. The world is moving on with thin clients, Android and GNU/Linux, netbooks, tablets and smart phones. If there is any life left in desktop/notebook PCs, likely Linux on ARM will be involved. That’s what improves price/performance.