“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 MD15â€™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.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.