Emerging Markets For IT Skip Desktop

While some extoll the virtues of the legacy desktop and notebook PCs, emerging markets are skipping that baggage and moving to lighter weight mobile computing. The next billion or so users of IT/Internet may well skip expensive to buy and to own stuff developed to make $billions for Wintel. Instead they are using the much more economical ARMed stuff running */Linux. Cost and flexibility are the drivers. Many of these regions don’t have electrical utilities and cabled networks. Wintel doesn’t work for them. If/when they do get these technologies, folks there may still prefer the IT they got first, the smartphone and tablet.

See Comparison Per Country, June 2014.

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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3 Responses to Emerging Markets For IT Skip Desktop

  1. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser come on really “original media” Microsoft was the one that allowed acquiring a machine without Original Media or any means to acquire a clean version. So you only have a OEM customized version of Windows install disc with all their third party application hangs on. You should try a OEM key sometime on Microsoft Windows ISO download sites. Guess what it don’t work.

    I have to give Google Nexus and HTC for allowing unlocking to install third party firmwares clean of OEM and Carrier shipped trash. Of course even in the mobile phone age they still need updates and they still need people to hold their users hands at times. Tech support is Tech support. Android and Iphones are more pleasent for Tech support workers. You don’t have the case of fix issue and have user turn around in 5 mins yell at you that it now is worse. One of my recent ones was the Windows 7-8 stupidity where it doubles the folders in the users profile then shows the user a blank account. This was absolutely nothing either of us did. It one of the random unfixed bugs inside windows.

    Yes users will do stuff wrong and want tech support to fix it does not matter if it is a PC or a Phone. Next there are a percentage of users who just want devices to work so don’t want to do any configuration work.

    Sorry phones and tablets is not the end to the business the Linux people focus on.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Wouldn’t that rather destroy your business, Dougie?
    I mean, without forcing the Linux Desktop on people without their prior consent, and consigning the original media to the Fiery Dumpster Of Hades, you really have nothing significant to offer, do you?

    Certainly not to the forthcoming billions who will rely on their $20 mobile phone, at any rate.

    Perhaps you could jet set around the world with your trusty charger, offering them forty eight hours of battery life in exchange for a small pig or a young child with a promising talent in the cocoa-bean picking business?

  3. dougman says:

    Correct. The next billion or so in IT, will in no way use conventional desktops or tablets for that matter.

    Smartphones using Android will be the next big hit, leaving M$ in the dust.


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