Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:56 UTC

Although Apple and Google officially sit out the biggest tech trade show of the year, their platforms are well represented by the third parties that create thousands of products for them. This year it feels like Microsoft is simply being left out.

Windows has virtually no presence in the two biggest things to hit computing in a long time, and it's starting to show. Microsoft may not be in trouble - but Windows is.

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by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 10th Jan 2014 20:04 UTC
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People still need PCs, especially professionals, business, offices, schools and the like.
So what are the problems?
Operating systems: by far the vast majority of PCs use previous versions of MS Windows. I don't believe I have ever seen a single PC in the above categories running Windows 8, and very few, if any, running Windows 7.
Thus it is reasonable to assume that, when they upgrade, Windows 7 will be the OS of choice for at least another 10 years.
Hardware. If you buy a PC now, they'll sell it with Windows 8. But when it comes to desktops, most people go to their fav computer shop and say: I need a desktop PC. Most likely the shop owner will put Windows 7 on it. Of course a few geeks will choose the parts they want according to their budget.
Then of course there is Apple, but I don't know a single person who has bought a Mac recently in this town. Even myself, administrator of a large Mac oriented forum, don't know what to do when my 17" MacBook Pro needs replacement. If there is any truth about the "flat design"in the upcoming OS X 10.10, choosing a new Mac is becoming even more difficult.

Edited 2014-01-10 20:07 UTC

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