Repeatedly, I read on the web that the PC-industry has been hurt by tablets. e.g.
- Computerworld: “It hasn’t helped that Acer is so reliant on sales to consumers, said IDC analyst Bryan Ma. The entire PC industry has been hurt by tablets, but Dell and Hewlett-Packard have at least managed to find cover selling PCs to businesses, which are still buying them. And Lenovo has capitalized on its position in China, now the world’s largest PC market.”
- IDC: “Surging Popularity of Smartphones and Tablets Hurting PC Sales Across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey “
- Gartner: “PC Market in Western Europe Declined 12.8 Percent in Third Quarter of 2013″
This is a warped view of reality, sales of PCs are surging globally.
Tablets and smartphones are PCs! The real problem, for some companies, is that they have been producing what Wintel wanted and not what consumers wanted, small cheap computers. Naturally, if you’re trying to sell these people big expensive computers, they won’t be buying. The market for personal computers is thriving, according Statista. Look at shipments per annum (millions):
The numbers speak for themselves. All any business making PCs needs to do to thrive is produce what the market demands instead of catering to M$ and Intel. No OEM would think of depending on a single source of parts. Neither should they think of depending on M$ for an OS. They need to diversify or specialize and shrink… What M$ used to supply these guys the whole world can deliver as FLOSS for a lot lower price: Android/Linux or GNU/Linux or Tizen/Linux. Pick any or all and move on. Quit griping that the Wintel treadmill is mired in muck.