Small cheap computers are taking over in Asia. Web stats seen in North America are no where near the same as what are reported in Asia. This probably means the Wintel monopoly has already died in Asia. Good. It’s about time.
I expect the same will happen elsewhere within a year or two. This is not to say that the bulky PCs will disappear. They just will not be the standard of comparison except perhaps in office use on a fixed desk. Typists/secretaries/writers, etc. will always prefer a keyboard if production actually matters. Extended use will always require a large monitor. There’s no reason a tablet cannot do the job with a keyboard/mouse attached. It’s all good.
“74 percent of searches in Singapore (CIA: 5.3 million people) are now done on mobile gadgets while in Indonesia (CIA: 248 million) 78 percent of Internet users go online with a tablet or smartphone.”
Wintel is trying to stay relevant with new releases of software and smaller/faster CPUs but Wintel is so encumbered by its legacy that it cannot possibly keep up except for that segment of IT that cannot/will not change. Asia and other parts of the world are full of people new to IT and adopting the new paradigm is taking a year or two rather than a decade. They are not locked in to Wintel. Never have been. Never will be if this trend continues. “8” and Atom are too little and too late. While M$ struggles to release “8”, the world has available hundreds of distros of GNU/Linux and several flavours of Android/Linux that can be deployed in weeks on the new devices.
China, for example, has four times the population of the US but half live in rural areas compared to 3/4 in USA. The Chinese are moving to cities at double the rate of USA. The Chinese love small cheap computers. Wintel does not work on small cheap computers. The premium on the OS and CPU and the bloat of the software and bulk of the PCs running Wintel just don’t fit the life-style of Asians in many cases. It’s a whole new market that Wintel cannot serve.