Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:48 UTC
Windows Tom Warren: "While Intel is trying to keep the Windows tree healthy, Microsoft is hoping that the leaves don't start to drop off before its own family of Surface devices are fully ready. Redmond isn't 'priming the pump' here, it's planting seeds for the future. If Microsoft is successful then it could be the world's biggest Windows OEM in just a few years. The future is Surface." You just have to look at the difference in build quality and supplied software between OEM devices and Surface even though Surface is cheaper to realise that the age of Windows OEMs is coming to an end. The writing's on the wall, and the OEMs know it: there's no future for them in Windows.
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the future is without Microsoft
by chithanh on Mon 14th Jan 2013 12:05 UTC
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OEMs are well aware that neither Windows 8 nor RT is in their future. They are currently exploring alternatives, though most of those are not quite ready yet for the mass market.

Just look at the operating systems in the Amazon list of best selling laptops:

1. ChromeOS
2. OS X
3. Windows 7
4. OS X
5. Windows 7
6. Windows 8
7. OS X
8. Windows 8
9. Windows 8
10. Windows 8

While Windows occupies still 6 of the 10 top spots, it is not hard to spot a problem here for Microsoft.

Edited 2013-01-14 12:05 UTC

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