State Of The PC

“Worldwide shipments of keyboard-equipped standard PCs (desktops and notebooks) peaked in 2012 at 345 million, but they are expected to decline by a CAGR of -0.5 percent in the 2013-2018 timeperiod. In the updated outlook, tablets are projected to account for 45 percent of total systems sold in 2018 (259 million units) versus the MD15’s original forecast of 57 percent (423 million) that year. Further into the future, tablets are now expected to account for about half of personal computing system shipments with the remaining units being divided between standard PCs and Internet/cloud-centric platforms.”
 
See Tablet shipments lose momentum; Total PC unit forecast downgraded
Yes, the vision of one copy of M$’s OS on every desktop is dead as IT becomes much more diverse and free of monopoly. The main growth forward appears to be cloud serviced machines which include netbooks, tablets, smartphones and ChromeBooks as well as units of marginal value to M$. The battle of the OS on the client is almost over with the servers being the last frontier. GNU/Linux loves that. M$ has to work for a living and eating its own dogfood reduces their margins even more than needing bricks, mortar and racks.

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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7 Responses to State Of The PC

  1. ram says:

    I would think the low cost and high performing Linux devices directly available from Intel, e.g. the Compute Stick and various NUC boxen (up to 5th generation i7), often with Linux preinstalled (and certainly extremely well supported) would have alot to do with this. Not to mention the growing Asian economies have always been predominantly Linux (or at least “Unix like”) operating system based. Increasingly Europe, especially Eastern and Southern Europe has also become dominated by Linux.

  2. dougman says:

    KUKU, maybe you missed it, but I can import and run Android apps on Linux now.

  3. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr Linux world you could have chosen CentOS or Scientific Linux if you did not want a rolling release with 10 years between required updates.

    Only the nerds at Desktop Linux have this pressing desire to force anyone to the latest version.
    So this is kinda over stating. CentOS and Scientific are Linux desktop options.

    Most of this is that you did not read the fine print of the Linux Distribution you choose then are complaining when the terms are not exactly how you like them. Since kurkosdr does not read the fine print of Microsoft EULA and what its limitations really are we really should not be surprised at kurkosdr having Distribution trouble.

    Android is a lot like it really. Everything from 4.1 and onwards runs 99.9% of apps in the Play Store.
    Steam store installs on old CentOS and all the games and everything else works.

    Sorry 0install you want to call a hack is no more of a hack than the many different Windows installers applications install with. Also you are forgetting that even Android has non google installers.

    So, “since 2009″ counts as “every few years”? Windows 7 runs all Desktop Apps, either you want it or not.
    There are Windows 8+ only applications in existence kurkosdr. This statement is a lie. Like the local application from Wespac Australia(yes a bank) only supports Windows 8 or latter so will not install on Windows 7. The browser based interface of Wespac also rejects Internet explorer on Windows 7 for particular operations. This is only 1 example there are many more. All Desktop Applications is wrong. 99% is correct.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    either you want it or not = either you FOSSies like it or not

    PS: And it’s all officially supported. Not some hack like 0install is.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    “Microsoft used to survive by selling us a new operating system every few years”

    So, “since 2009” counts as “every few years”? Windows 7 runs all Desktop Apps, either you want it or not. Windows is not some “look I run the latest version huurrr hurrr… oh look my proprietary gpu/wifi/whatever drivers broke” operating system. Nobody forces you to upgrade, and people don’t care whether they have the latest version.

    Android is a lot like it really. Everything from 4.1 and onwards runs 99.9% of apps in the Play Store. Only the nerds at Desktop Linux have this pressing desire to force anyone to the latest version.

  6. dougman wrote, “Whats hilarious is all teh trolls that stated otherwise.”

    There are several sides to this story. I think it’s wonderful that the consumer will have a chance now to see the infinite sum that is M$’s “tax”. Also, it’s going to be highly educational for each consumer threatened with discontinuance of service for a glitch in M$’s system or lack of payment. Perhaps best of all will be monthly reminders that GNU/Linux might be a good idea. When all her friends start grumbling, The Little Woman will come to know I am an absolute genius. I would be willing to bet real money that while M$’s revenue-streams keep flowing, GNU/Linux page-views will spike in 2015 and beyond. It’s like M$ advertising GNU/Linux. This is definitely the year…

  7. dougman says:

    “Microsoft used to survive by selling us a new operating system every few years, but it won’t be content until it has stuck an intravenous needle into our bank accounts and put them all on a permanent drip into theirs.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2015/05/30/the-horror-the-horror-softwares-conversion-from-thing-to-service/

    I saw this coming a few years ago, so it is no surprise to me. Whats hilarious is all teh trolls that stated otherwise.

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