“Everything used to be desktops, now 60 per cent of PCs sold are laptops. Next year, tablets will outsell desktops," forecast Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond, head of its web services operation.”
Of course, they see “8” running those tablets, but that is wishful thinking. The ideas that PCs last only a few years, that PCs slow down with use and that every PC must have a licence from M$ are extinct species of thought in IT. Today, people want small cheap computers and Wintel cannot give them that. Wintel is all about charging excessively for technology which they got away with when they were a monopoly but that is ending. M$ can no longer dictate the paths of IT. There are many valid choices that people have been exercising in increasing millions over the last few years. People love Android/Linux, GNU/Linux, tablets, smart phones and thinclients and above all, ARM. In 2013, the important difference will not be “8” on ARM but */Linux on x86/amd64. The reality will be that the technology that people love on tablets will begin to replace the technology they hate on desktops and notebooks.