IDC’s latest predictions and summary of the personal computing market suggests“As the Smart Connected Device market matures, and emerging markets drive more of the growth, the percentage of the market made up of phablets plus regular smartphones is expected to increase. In 2014 IDC expects smartphones to represent about 70% of the total market. By 2018 that will grow to 75.6%. While consumers in places like the United States and Western Europe are likely to own a combination of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, in many places the smartphone â€” regardless of size â€” will be the one connected device of choice.” they accept that the legacy PC, you know the expensive things taxed by M$, has peaked and will not recover in units shipped for the forseeable future.
The established markets for legacy PCs are locked in but the emerging markets are not. Eventually, the established markets will realize they are being left behind and follow. There’s just no reason to pay higher prices just because you think you can afford it. The small cheap computers are in line with Moore’s Law which is the way IT should go. M$ cannot continue to hide a high-priced OS in a bundle with small cheap computers. Giving their OS away or paying people to install it prolongs the monopoly but cannot sustain it. Essentially the monopoly has a terminal disease.