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Windows 7: More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

01 Jul 2013   #1321
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

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Despite Windows 8.1, PC market prospects aren't pretty

Windows 8.1 may fix Microsoft's dot-zero release but it may not fix the PC market.
After Citi Research revised its PC market growth forecast down to negative 10 percent growth earlier in the month, market researcher IDC chimed in on Friday with a less-than-upbeat snapshot for May.


...Currently IDC expects total annual growth of negative 7.8 percent for 2013.



...Despite investor optimism on a resumption of year-to-year growth in the second half of 2013, "we do not expect [PC] units to grow" due to a "softening in PC end-demand" and "muted benefit from Haswell and Windows Blue [Windows 8.1]."
Despite Windows 8.1, PC market prospects aren't pretty | Business Tech - CNET News


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01 Jul 2013   #1322
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I agree with the forecast. Haswell is looking more like a toaster and well we know what Windows 8 is doing to the market.
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02 Jul 2013   #1323
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I think expectations about 8 and 8.1 will actually do more at putting a damper on the desktop market in particular since no new desktop OS has been revealed. The OEMs are stuck developing their own forms of Start menus to draw existing customers back!

Look at it this way, if someone was to introduce a totally new OS that would run both Windows and Mac programs natively with full support what would be the best time to do that? Well right now they would catch MS fumbling the ball and great opportunity to slide into the gap MS is starting to create for itself!

A brand new OS that offered just what users wanted to see would easily sweep the market fast if MS were to keep up with the abandon desktop for tablet concepts they are now working with.
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02 Jul 2013   #1324
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

A vision of the distant future:
- Holographic virtual display
- Cerebral cortex interface

and it would still be a "Desktop". If MS had a decent R&D facility they may be looking at true futuristic concepts instead of piggy backing on the innovation of others.
As far a I am aware Xerox developed the Windows OS type environment and didn't pursue it. Apple/Mac grabbed the advantage and it took off to commercial success. MS was a late follower.
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02 Jul 2013   #1325
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

If Windows 7 is the last Desktop OS (when support ends) I will be moving to Linux (Installed Linux to my 3rd Desktop and it looks great and easy to use)
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02 Jul 2013   #1326
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
If Windows 7 is the last Desktop OS (when support ends) I will be moving to Linux (Installed Linux to my 3rd Desktop and it looks great and easy to use)
I might do that as well. My nephew has been running Linux on his home PC for several years. He likes it.
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02 Jul 2013   #1327
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The aftermath of MS 8 fantasy will be fascinating.

Everything might change for the better.

The more people migrate to other platforms - the more support/sponsoship/development those other platforms will get. They will get better and better. True free software may yet win the day.
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02 Jul 2013   #1328
vrosa

Windows 10 Build 9926
 
 

FirefoxOS is about to shake the mobile arena.
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02 Jul 2013   #1329
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

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The aftermath of MS 8 fantasy will be fascinating.
Yep. Whenever a monopolist does gigantic mistakes a lot of new opportunity open.
Like Intel and AMD. The latter jump-stared because of a BIG Intel mistake.

Besides, that's the only way to get rid of serious monopolies without military action.

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FirefoxOS is about to shake the mobile arena.
In developing countries for sure (the entire point behind it being so lightweight). Then we will see if it sets enough wheels rolling to get a decent hold on first world as well.
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02 Jul 2013   #1330
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
If Windows 7 is the last Desktop OS (when support ends) I will be moving to Linux (Installed Linux to my 3rd Desktop and it looks great and easy to use)
Well you wouldn't have to wait for software companies to follow suit if you make that choice! Some have already moved in that direction already due to how the other OS has grown in popularity over the years.

More then one company won't need any emulator like Wine it seems. Here's a fast look at what one is offering at the present. I can't show you the content but the Steam gui to get the idea.



I never used to see that until now noticing what is and what will be as far as that one company alone. Game developers are smelling what's in the wind and wanting to be ahead of things to some extent as well as simply expanding on their options. People are still going to want desktop games on whatever "desktop OS" they end up running!
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