Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 09:31 UTC
Windows "Many PC OEMs are dissatisfied with what Microsoft has done with Windows 8 and the way the company has handled the negative response to the operating system. Privately, one OEM source told me that Microsoft is 'destroying' the PC industry, while another claimed that Windows 8 has 'handed over millions of customers to Apple'. Other OEMs are making their displeasure known publicly. Both Lenovo and Samsung have released Start button replacements for Windows 8." Windows Phone isn't the only thing not catching on. I'm really happy with my Surface RT - warts and all - but there's no denying the response to Windows 8 has been Vista-esque bad.
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On hardware-side of things we're actually doing pretty damn well these days, especially if you take into account the explosive growth in cheap, ARM-powered boards that are really only lacking more connectors, some more standardization and neater cases before they could be considered PCs in the same sense as the x86-based ones are.

It's the OS-side of things that's at the moment stumbling around, with Linux still not quite being in the position to take over Windows, with OSX being locked only to Apple's devices and with Microsoft's management caught with their thumbs up their asses wrt. Windows. There's a potential slot for even a complete newcomer to enter the field and take the world by storm if Windows 8.1 fails, just as long as someone with the resources and future-proofed insight was willing to step in and take command of things. I doubt it would be Linux, though, in any of its current forms and Apple is seemingly content with wielding full vendor-lockin.

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