Chuckle. While M$ creates machinations that take years to fulfil, Digitimes is reporting that product life-cycles (in the manufacturer’s side) have been cut in half this year, now being just three months. Meanwhile, in EMEA, shipments of legacy PCs still drops although a bit slower than last quarter, according to IDC. According to IDC, the top 10 OEMs in units shipped to EMEA was
. Meanwhile, tablets are getting smaller and larger as OEMs try to meet every need. MediaTek is preparing to unleash an 8-core ARMed CPU for smartphones. They aren’t toys anymore. The only uses for 8 cores are parallel processing of huge data and multiple simultaneous tasks like we are used to on desktops… According to IDC, thin clients make up 96% of enterprise clients and GNU/Linux runs on 25% of those. Zero clients with no OS are 24%… Shipments of thin clients grew 7.4% last quarter.
The world of IT clients is changing far more rapidly than Wintel can manage thanks to a diverse ecosystem fuelled by FLOSS. OEMs don’t need to wait on Intel or M$ to create the next big thing. They just do it. It’s all good, good for OEMs who can compete fairly and Good for consumers who finally have real choice. This is the year Wintel became just another player, no longer a monopoly.
UPDATE Gartner has some amazing statistics. They predict for 2013 that 2.3 billion PCs of all kinds will ship but only 321 million will be desktops and notebooks.