Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 21:44 UTC
Windows Jeff Atwood: "In the post PC era, Microsoft is betting the company on Windows 8, desperately trying to serve two masters with one operating system. The traditional mouse and keyboard desktop is no longer the default; it is still there, but slightly hidden from view, as the realm of computer nuts, power users, and geeks. For everyone else, the Metro UI puts an all new, highly visual touch and tablet friendly face on the old beige Wintel box. Will Microsoft succeed? I'm not sure yet. But based on what I've seen so far of Windows 8, its pricing, and the new Surface hardware - I'm cautiously optimistic." So am I. However, a lot - and I mean a lot as in 'everything' - will depend on the quality of the Metro applications. So far, the quality has been utterly abysmal, both for first and third party ones. Microsoft is promising Metro application goodness for RTM, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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Post PC era? Really?!?
by karunko on Tue 10th Jul 2012 11:32 UTC
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I don't know about you, but for me it's very hard to take seriously anyone using this cliche, so could we please drop this whole "post PC era" nonsense and put things into perspective instead?

Here's a quick recap:

PC units sold in 2007: 271 million (

PC units sold in 2008: 302 million (

PC units sold in 2009: 306 million (

PC units sold in 2010: 351 million (

PC units sold in 2011: 353 million (

Forecast for 2012: 368 million (

Forecast for 2013: 400 million (

In other words: repeat a lie often enough and it quickly becomes the truth. Sure, the PC market's growth rate doesn't lend itself to hyperbole but, let's face it, this is typical for any mature technology. And yes, margins in the PC industry are razor thin, Apple is worth a gazillion trillion, yadda yadda yadda.

Still, assuming the forecast is right, PC shipments worldwide are going from 271 million in 2007 to 400 million in 2013, so: what is this post PC era everybody seems to be raving about? ;-)


Edited 2012-07-10 11:37 UTC

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