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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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by jspaloss on Sat 11th Jan 2014 05:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
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I have to agree. We are a VAR and we are seeing longer PC lifecycles due to two factors:

Customers are making due with what they have because the economy is still sluggish.

The current hardware is still good enough to run the customers' software stack.

Ten years ago, it was common to refresh hardware every 3 years. Now we are seeing that refresh cycle happening at 5 or even 7 years. The lifcycle is certainly longer, but we are still predominantly selling PCs.
I do think that the EOL for Windows XP, Server 2003, etc that is fast approaching, will drive PC sales up this year though.

We are not seeing a huge demand for tablets. We have a few customers that are getting real work done on tablets, but they are in the minority. Smartphones are a nice complement to the desktop when workers are away from the office, but can't replace the desktop.
There is no doubt that adoption of mobile devices will increase, especially as prices continue to drop, but I don't see desktops (or Windows on the desktop) losing relevance anytime soon.

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