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

04 Apr 2013   #611
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

Meanwhile Microsoft is helping facilitate driving people away from its desktop OS by crippling it and trying to make it into a tablet/smartphone OS.


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Gartner: Microsoft risks becoming irrelevant if Windows Phone, tablet efforts fail



In case you havenít noticed, tablet and smartphone sales have been surging lately as PC sales have started to tank. The latest research from Gartner shows that this trend wonít change anytime soon and the firm projects that PC shipments will shrink from 315 million in 2013 to 302 million in 2014, and down to just 272 million in 2017.
Microsoft: Tablets, smartphones vital to future relevance | BGR

Microsoft threatened as smartphones and tablets rise, Gartner warns | Technology | guardian.co.uk


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04 Apr 2013   #612
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very interesting articles. It is really amazing how Android has taken over in just a short period of time. Part of it is probably price.

If the stipulation is correct that most people who own tablets use them for consumption rather than production, then a low price tablet can serve well. That is also confirmed by the trend towards 7" tablets. In that market environment, the high powered/high function tablets will probably remain the exception.
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04 Apr 2013   #613
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If I read those articles correct they are assuming that when a Phone or Tablet is bought its because the new owner doesn't already have a PC or Laptop. Therefor chose a Toymobile over a PC.
How about the buyer of a Tablet or a Phone is just adding such items to there already owned laptop and PC collection.
I wonder how many members of the Forum have bought a new Phone or Tablet but yet still own their PC and Laptop.

They assume that adding a device means someone is also replacing a device they already have. I don't believe that to be correct.
When one buys a new movie on a DVD does not mean they got ride of all the other DVD's with movies on them. They just added to their collection.

New Toymobiles are additions to (??), not replacements for (??)
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04 Apr 2013   #614
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think there will be some of both. Most people will start out with a tablet in addition to their PC. But when the PC becomes old and outdated, they may not replace it and work only with the tablet.

I am member on the Nexus forum and I have seen a couple of guys who went with that scenario. They are now tablet-only owners.
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04 Apr 2013   #615
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Very interesting.
They are now tablet-only owners.

To me that shows that having the ability to choice is good.
Different strokes for different folks.
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04 Apr 2013   #616
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Very interesting articles. It is really amazing how Android has taken over in just a short period of time. Part of it is probably price.

If the stipulation is correct that most people who own tablets use them for consumption rather than production, then a low price tablet can serve well. That is also confirmed by the trend towards 7" tablets. In that market environment, the high powered/high function tablets will probably remain the exception.
This is why I've been saying we live in a mobile world now. The desktop as we know it, and use it, is changing, and "may" be a thing of the past as we know it. As it stands, outside of business, I suspect most will only just want a large desktop PC for gaming, multimedia, or other high performance tasks. Outside of those, small, light, and mobile is the way to go.

I myself just bought a small (13 inch, 2.9lbs) ultra book, not even giving consideration to gaming. Why.... mobility. With cloud computing, and an app enabled OS like 8, yeah, the desktop could be in trouble.

I hope not, as a desktop has it's use, especially high performance tasks, and gaming, but as mobile devices become more and more powerful... who's going to want a desktop?

My two cents.
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04 Apr 2013   #617
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A 13" Ultrabook is not really a tablet. It is a very mobile laptop in my book.
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04 Apr 2013   #618
PaulGo

Windows 10 (64 bit)
 
 

I believe Microsoft should not be "abandoning" the desktop market. They should be trying to add features and make it a better OS just like when they went from Vista to Windows 7. Their one size fits all approach in Windows 8 just shows loyal desktop users that they abandoning the desktop market so it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy . If they can create some excitement and have unique features for the desktop market I believe they could expand that market. If they make the desktop just a clone of the smartphone most people will say "who needs a desktop" and will choose a smartphone interface they are familiar with such as android. In any case Microsoft with its bad business decisions could eventually put itself out of business.
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04 Apr 2013   #619
x BlueRobot

 

I've tried doing work on a tablet before, and it's difficult and horrible, I would rather use a desktop/laptop, I even prefer to use a desktop over a laptop; I'm the complete opposite of mobility.
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04 Apr 2013   #620
mart4494

Win7 Home Premium x64, Linux Mint 14
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
I've tried doing work on a tablet before, and it's difficult and horrible, I would rather use a desktop/laptop, I even prefer to use a desktop over a laptop; I'm the complete opposite of mobility.

Agree 101% but if all you ever wanted from your desktop/laptop (pre-tablet/smartphone era) was to check your emails, bit of web browsing and social media then a tablet is probably just fine. My wife used to own an iPad then chopped that in for a Samsung tablet and gets on well with it.

'....I'm the complete opposite of mobility....' - nothing wrong with that imo, we use whatever suits our needs best and that includes the OS.
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