Wintel Going Down The Drain – Shipments of Tablets

Wintel depends on a constantly increasing sale of personal computers using Intel processors and M$’s OS. That’s history, according to Display Search. Shipments of legacy PCs are declining and shipments of tablets are exploding. The power and influence of M$ and Intel are damaged seriously as many tablets run */Linux and ARM processors.
“Shipments of tablet PCs are expected to reach nearly 364 million worldwide in 2014, more than doubling the projected 177 million shipments of standard notebook PC and ultra-slim PCs, according to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report. In January, NPD DisplaySearch forecast that tablet PC shipments would exceed notebook PC shipments in 2013, and our latest research reveals that tablet PC shipments will continue to increase across all regions, particularly in emerging markets, as notebook PC shipments decline through 2017. Tablet PC shipments are projected to reach 589 million by 2017, while notebook PC and ultra-slim PC are forecast at 176 million.”

see Shipments of Tablet PCs Expected to More Than Double Those of Notebook PCs in 2014, NPD DisplaySearch Reports – DisplaySearch.

Intel is adjusting reasonably well by producing legacy x86 chips that consume much less power and require less cooling but M$ is up the creek without a paddle and has nowhere to go but down. “8”, which is its OS for tablets is not doing well at all with a tiny percentage share of tablets. Meanwhile the whole world has learned that there are other operating systems and other applications which do not come form M$. M$, which made its money on monopoly cannot compete on price/performance in this market and will be relegated to a minor share unless it seriously cuts prices. Since M$’s OS will always cost OEMs more than FLOSS, that share will be slim. M$ could give away the OS for $0 but all kinds of leverage M$ has with business and retailers disappears when that happens. For the foreseeable future M$ is on a downward trend.

This also affects Apple which has lost huge share, selling only half as many tablets as Android/Linux rode in Q2 of 2013.

About Robert Pogson

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3 Responses to Wintel Going Down The Drain – Shipments of Tablets

  1. ram says:

    I doubt if “Change is always good.”, but the collapse of Microsoft certainly is good!

    Intel already has placed big bets on Microsoft alternatives, particularly Linux. All the systems Intel sells directly run Linux.

    Many motherboard manufacturers are finding they shafted themselves by betting on Microsoft. They faced all the risk if Microsoft flopped and few left themselves any way out.

  2. matchrocket says:

    dougman wrote: “…but the antagonists that do come here would rather you not and I dare you.”

    At this point and for some time now it’s been, for the most part, antagonist. Just the lonely bull… artist.

  3. dougman says:

    Change is always good. Change can be a tremendously upsetting event, disturbing the fragile comfort of the status quo, booohooo. Departing from the known and down the path of the new, often requires a special mindset to dispel the knee-jerk negative thoughts that inherently come to mind and instead embark upon the path of discovery with an open mind and positive outlook. Say hello to Linux for me.

    The thing is that while M$ were once king of the PC market, things always have to and do change. We have gone through a huge change where things will never go back to how they were. Either M$ and it’s few trolls can moan about it and how everyone should love them or they can go with the change. Read the handwriting on the wall and adapt to teh changing market, instead of trying to fight it.

    Windows 8 has been knocked by critics and users alike for being a step backwards from the usability peak of Windows 7, but it never really had a chance even if it had been any good. M$’s best move at this point with the PC market is to accept that it’s fading from relevance and to step up its efforts in the product areas that consumers are flocking to, and that’s EXACTLY what M$ was trying to do with their new Windows 8/Windows RT/Surface/AppStore ecosystem, and every single aspect of that ecosystem has been an abject failure fortunately for the competition.

    It is time for Intel to begin placing bigger bets on Windows alternatives, like Android and ChromeOS, but the antagonists that do come here would rather you not and I dare you.

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