It used to be said that if what you are doing is not working, you should change. IDC seems to miss that point in a recent news article:
“The U.S. market will remain depressed until Windows 8 products hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2012. The industry is responding by reducing shipments of PCs and clearing Windows 7-based inventories to pave the way for a new generation of systems. But, as we move into the tail end of the third quarter, PC activity will continue to slow as demand drops. The third-quarter back to school season is also proving to be a challenging period, despite prices dropping to their lowest levels. We expect the year will end with shipments in the U.S. falling by 3.7%, marking the second consecutive year of contraction”
Vista was supposed to save the world. Then “7″ was supposed to save the world, remember? Why is “8″ supposed to do that when “7″ and Vista did not? Two years of declining shipments in USA for Wintel PCs? Take a hint!
IDC has no explanation except that it believes the US consumer is “waiting” for “8″. I see no evidence of that. People are buying small cheap computers without M$’s software. People are buying anything but M$’s software licences. I recommend OEMs and retailers begin shipping PCs with Debian GNU/Linux. That might generate some interest, especially if it’s on ARM.