“Global notebook shipments suffered a drop in the first quarter, down 14.1% sequentially and 13.7% on year, the sharpest decline in the notebook industry’s history, showing the current weak status of the industry, according to Digitimes Research’s latest notebook report
Digitimes Research believes that strong tablet demand is the driver behind the drop in first-quarter notebook shipments and emerging countries’ notebook markets are also expected to have been impacted.”
see Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments see record decline in 1Q13
OEMs, you can’t have it both ways:
- believing M$ promotes huge gains in PC shipments while
- blaming tablets when shipments go south.
Not much changed in the last year except M$ tried to inflict one more horror on the world of IT. Economies are recovering. Tablets don’t cover the range of features and performance you’ve told the world are indispensible. What’s wrong is that you allowed M$ to dictate to you what to build for the last two decades. You didn’t have to but you did. Now, when M$ tells you to jump off a cliff, are you going to do it? Think for yourself. ASUS shipped GNU/Linux on eeePCs with huge rates of growth a few years ago but M$ shut them up. Dell is selling GNU/Linux PCs like hot cakes in China and India. Why not everywhere?
There’s a reason M$ interferes in your business, Free Software works for your end-users and M$ makes no money on it. Free Software would work for you too. Just ship it. People will buy it. You can lop ~$100 off the price and still make money. You can bet consumers will notice.