How Big A Failure Is “8”? Ask Gartner.

“Through 2015, 90% of enterprises will bypass widescale deployment of Windows 8” for PCs.
see Gartner at Gartner Symposium IT Expo 2012 – Top Technology Predictions for 2013

So, it’s not just a slow uptake. Gartner sees business won’t use “8” on anything but tablets. But business has alternatives that are viable for tablets, so M$’s market share on the business side is about to plummet. While businesses are not deploying “8” many will deploy “7” on PCs as long as they can. There’s no synergy between “7” and “8” and the cloud is not happening for M$. There is a huge opportunity for */Linux and FLOSS and servers. If business does not need M$ they are free to choose what works best and not just take another step on the Wintel treadmill.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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9 Responses to How Big A Failure Is “8”? Ask Gartner.

  1. eug says:

    Run Windows 8 Modern apps in a window on the desktop
    Display and pin Modern apps on the taskbar
    Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button
    Object Desktop Subscription (includes ModernMixâ„¢)

  2. ram says:

    A recent presentation at an Intel Channel Conference showed how cloud computing, tablets, and even just more mobile telephones increases the demand for Linux servers. The argument was compelling.

    Basically it boils down to all that telephone switching and web traffic has to connect to and be routed by something. That something is Unix-like servers, mostly running one flavor of Linux or another.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Kevin Lynch more policies are saying Android as well today. Just particular models.
    Its going to be good to see knox/selinux android out there in a out of box install.

    Virtual desktops and clouds is still sell more servers Robert Pogson.

    Ok what redhat is doing will eat in as side effect. We are not really going to see an advertising bitz from them.

  4. Kevin Lynch says:

    Interesting. Especially since iOS is rapidly becoming the standard for “Bring-Your-Own-Device” policies.

  5. oiaohm wrote, “Redhat is fairly much still growing market share in the server word at around 20 percent growth per year. So desktop is not much of a worry to them yet.”

    Certainly, most of RedHat’s business is about servers but they do a lot of work with thin clients, which is about the desktop and uses a lot of servers. They also do sell desktop OS. Customers want it. RedHat just spent $100million on ManageIQ which does virtual desktops and clouds.

  6. oiaohm says:

    eug Ubuntu is lining up on Phones and Tablets. So they are already in for an aggressive marking.

    Redhat is fairly much still growing market share in the server word at around 20 percent growth per year. So desktop is not much of a worry to them yet. Its more how will we keep up with growing customer base.

    Suse I have not seen any aggressive plans from them either. But they are also growing at around 20 percent per year. Yes Suse is one of the items that kept Novell floating even that most of its closed source lines bombed out.

    eug yep what a pity we are not going to have a 3 way fight. Problem is Suse and Redhat are having trouble coping with the word of mouth supply of customers. This is a really good location to be in.

    There is one other party that will be pushing hard. Google with chromebooks and Android.

  7. Good point! I changed it to a link…

  8. Hi Mr. Pogson.

    Please remove this video from your home page, since it self starts.


  9. eug says:

    “There is a huge opportunity for */Linux”

    If, and it is a big IF, red hat, suse or canonical do an agressive marketing campaign.

    Without marketing expect no more than what we already have.

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