Consolidation is the symptom of a very competitive and mature market. We haven’s seen much consolidation in the legacy PC market except a few mergers. Samsung is dropping PCs in “According to IDC, the global portable PC market will shrink by 4.7 per cent this year to 170 million units, and decline by one per cent on a compound annual growth rate over the next half a decade.”Europe and Sony sold out. The buyers of Sony are not shipping outside Japan. It’s pretty strange to see any OEM dropping a product that sells in millions until you notice the millstone of M$ around their necks. M$’s OEMs are essentially making PCs for $0 and making a living selling M$’s OS for ~$50 a copy. That model worked when M$ had a monopoly but those days are gone.
OEMs should be switching to GNU/Linux to pump up margins. If “the market isn’t there”, they need to do some advertising and hire salesmen and programmers. Samsung did that with smart thingies. Why not with legacy PCs and GNU/Linux? No. This market has been ruined by M$. The world is finally rejecting M$’s offerings and OEMs lack the courage to go their own way. Abandoning the market is not a sound business-plan. There is still a need for desktop IT. There’s no need to accept M$’s taxation.