Al Gillen of IDC is quoted as predicting:
- “Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and we expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor,”
- “the only real benefit I can see is that it provides access to the Windows app store,”
- “if it is unable to marshal the developer community to invest the way needed — and over the past several waves of Windows releases the company has not succeeded at this task — the future is bleak”
all of which I agree.
Then he reports
“You can’t declare Microsoft irrelevant when their OS ships on more than 90% of new systems” which is inconsistent with facts reported by IDC: 90 million PCs per quarter are being shipped and facts reported by M$: 50 million PCs per quarter are getting “7” licences, including upgrades of existing machines…
Al Gillen is at a tipping point. Pretty soon he will get the whole picture.