OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs

Rather than just being another cog in Wintel’s wheel, Lenovo is thinking for itself and diversifying, giving customers what they want.“Regarding tablets, we will cooperate with more solution vendors to embed more application software such as meal ordering systems into our tablets. We aim to roll out models catering for restaurant, hospital, financial, insurance and manufacturing applications.” This is another demonstration of what was wrong with M$’s monopoly. Forcing OEMs to deliver a standard product was good for M$ but harmed everyone else. Now OEMs are adjusting product mixes by region and customer so the joy is spread up and down the supply-chain. So much for “fragmentation” being bad…

ACER, for instance, is even diversifying ChromeBooks, cranking out small, medium and large sizes.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is rumoured to be shipping a 14nm, 8-cored, LPDDR4 RAMed monster “for mobiles”, and other processors with clocks in the 2-2.5gHz range, in late 2015. If you don’t think desktops/notebooks/tablets/smartphones will all shine with such power, you are living in a deep hole. OEMs will find a way to integrate ARM into every aspect of IT. We are no longer living in a time when */Linux or ARM were just “barely good enough”. They are perfect for many purposes. Consumers want them. OEMs will supply them. Shipped by the millions, these new solutions will cost much less than Wintel’s monopolistic prices.

In the heyday of the Wintel empire, it was hard to buy any PC with GNU/Linux and they even cost more than PCs with M$’s tax. Now */Linux is competing on a much more level playing field because many customers want an OS, not slavery to M$, and they use web-applications so there’s no longer a dependence on M$’s “Independent” Software Vendors. This is good news for everyone except M$ who will now have to work for a living.

See Still aiming at growth in PC market: Q&A with Lenovo Taiwan president Justin Liang.

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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20 Responses to OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs

  1. dougman says:

    Forgot to mention, that with the extra $100 one could double the RAM in the laptop. See, thats the cost savings of Linux in action.

  2. dougman says:

    Today I was reviewing a Dell laptop, the Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation and I noticed they include a Linux option; what caught me off guard was the Windows option is an extra $100!

    http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-m3800-workstation/pd.aspx

    Screenshot: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qe60gcci9yk83t0/Screenshot%20from%202015-01-27%2018%3A17%3A50.png?dl=0

  3. ram says:

    Have any of you run “Microsoft” applications on a recent Linux (hardware likely Intel) server with Wine on it lately? Just one (Intel) Linux server handles hundreds of (legacy) “Microsoft” sessions — it even runs IE, many, very many, simultaneous IE sessions 😀

    Microsoft is not just behind, they are 20 years behind. They have no chance of catching up no matter how much “money” their friends at the Fed “loan”/print/give to them.

  4. dougman says:

    Re: I believe the point…

    You must be OldFarts whipping boy, you only show up when the need is dire.

  5. DrLoser says:

    Now OEMs are adjusting product mixes by region and customer so the joy is spread up and down the supply-chain. So much for “fragmentation” being bad…

    What’s any of that got to do with “fragmentation” being bad, Robert?

    Anything at all, or do I smell a straw-man?

  6. oldfart says:

    “M$ is far behind the Linux UI.”

    Which one?

  7. dougman says:

    Re: faithful clone of the vanilla versions of an OS of the 1970s.

    LOL..

    as if, http://www.reddit.com/r/unixporn

    M$ is far behind the Linux UI.

  8. oldfart says:

    “Since when do you OWN proprietary software?? See thats the problem these days, people assume that they OWN Windows or other proprietary software when in fact they do not.”

    I stand corrected by Il Leone. So I will say that windows 10 runs all the software that I wish to use.

    That change still doesn’t make you any less ignorant.

  9. DrLoser says:

    Since when do you OWN proprietary software??

    I believe the point was that Windows 8.1 ran, and Windows 10 runs, all of the software that oldfart happens to have on it.

    The point was not some esoteric and ultimately futile argument about the stipulations or otherwise of the EULAs in question. I suspect you may have oldfart confused with Ernie Balls, Dougie.

    It must be really hard to keep up when you’re lacking sufficient education to do so. My sympathies.

  10. DrLoser says:

    Microsoft’s Windows was very much an OS of the last Century.

    And Linux is a fairly faithful clone of the vanilla versions of an OS of the 1970s.

    Your point being?

  11. dougman says:

    Re: “runs all of my software”…you don’t say?

    Since when do you OWN proprietary software?? See thats the problem these days, people assume that they OWN Windows or other proprietary software when in fact they do not.

  12. oldfart says:

    “I already did bozo. Shall I add “blind” along with farting in your description?”

    I don’t have to watch videos, I am running the open beta, Interesting enough it runs all of my software without a hitch. Then again windows 8.1 ran all my software as well.

    So as expected Il Leone is regally talking out his rectal orifice. One does not have to be a farting sheep to notice that Il Leone has not only no clothes.

    but no brains.

  13. dougman says:

    Re: Do come back when you have something to actually say.

    I already did bozo. Shall I add “blind” along with farting in your description?

    Watching this video: http://youtu.be/84NI5fjTfpQ

    I am sure Mr. Belfiore is trying to be hip and cool, but hip and cool is NOT M$.

    Also, how many items can anyone pick out in the video, that already exists in Linux? Ummm… so multiple desktops is a new thing for M$ Win-Dohs? Oh yes, thats such a awesome feature, lets rush out and get me some Win-Dohs 10. What??..I have to pay, but Peter over there got his for free!

  14. oldfart says:

    “LOL…don’t be so naive…it doesn’t matter, it’s M$ Sh1tware and that says enough.”

    As usual you do not disappoint Dougie. Now that you have got that off your chest, Do come back when you have something to actually say.

    LOL…

  15. dougman says:

    Re: Have you worked with the beta sir?

    LOL…don’t be so naive…it doesn’t matter, it’s M$ Sh1tware and that says enough.

    Here are some reason’s why it will fail:

    – legacy of Windows 8
    – annoying tiles
    – free, but not for everyone

    Farting Oldman, don’t be a Metroturd.

  16. oldfart says:

    “Rather the question is to what degree Microsoft will screw the pooch with Windows 10. On the scale of bad to worse will it be WindowsME bad, will it be Windows Vista horrible, or will it be the total klusterfudge that Windows 8 is?

    Time will tell…………”

    Have you worked with the beta sir? I think if you did you might not be so negative.

  17. matchrocket says:

    “Money talks sir!”

    And pain walks.

  18. lpbbear says:

    The question isn’t whether Windows 10 will be what saves the franchise.

    Rather the question is to what degree Microsoft will screw the pooch with Windows 10. On the scale of bad to worse will it be WindowsME bad, will it be Windows Vista horrible, or will it be the total klusterfudge that Windows 8 is?

    Time will tell…………

  19. oldfart says:

    “Microsoft’s Windows was very much an OS of the last Century. It’s falling apart under its own weight. The maintenance/patch breakage cycle will continue with Windows 10 and will most likely get worse. It’s death by a thousand cuts–all self inflicted. Windows just can’t cut it on 21st Century devices.

    The difference is that those who use and value the applications that run on Windows will continue to pay for their upkeep. And microsoft will continue to maintain windows for its customers.

    Money talks sir!

  20. matchrocket says:

    Microsoft’s Windows was very much an OS of the last Century. It’s falling apart under its own weight. The maintenance/patch breakage cycle will continue with Windows 10 and will most likely get worse. It’s death by a thousand cuts–all self inflicted. Windows just can’t cut it on 21st Century devices.

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