Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 22:27 UTC, submitted by Piet Simons
In the News Interesting charts by Horace Dediu: "As a result the Mac began to whittle down the advantage Windows had. The ratio of Windows to Mac units shipped fell to below 20, a level that was last reached before Windows 95 launched. It's as if the Mac reversed the Windows advantage. This was an amazing turnaround for the Mac. But the story does not end there." Too bad Dediu didn't include Android devices in his charts. The picture would change dramatically, and would downplay the important of either Windows or Mac/iOS. We're in a three-horse race - not the two-horse race Dediu paints.
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You can't have your cake and eat it too
by Nelson on Fri 6th Jul 2012 02:48 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Windows 8 is continuously slammed by some on here because its "a tablet OS" and isn't productive, however this article shows clear trends of where the industry is going.

It has without a doubt moved to mobile form factors and left desktops in the dust in favor of notebook form factors. (Battery consciousness and sub 20inch screens being key here)

This is followed up by an even more dramatic move to tablets. By 2016 tablets are expected to outpace the entire PC market. This is why the Apple strategy is bound to win eventually, if Microsoft does nothing.

This is exactly what the big bet in Windows 8 is about.
Hell, this is probably behind Google's recent power play into the Tablet market.

All the big players recognize where the next war is. Exciting times.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Tablets won't replace high end desktops for a long time still. They are a significant market, but they aren't not replacing desktops by any means.

Edited 2012-07-06 03:21 UTC

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Tablets won't replace desktops, but tablets will outsell desktops 10 to 1 in a few years (if not sooner). Which is why the demands that Microsoft cater to desktop rather than tablet form factor make no sense.

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grahamtriggs Member since:
2009-05-27

"It has without a doubt moved to mobile form factors and left desktops in the dust in favor of notebook form factors."

Sure, phones and tablets will become an increasing part of how we consume media, and do 'simple' tasks like email.

But they aren't going to replace desktops / laptops. They - and their multi-tasking, multi-window OSes - are far too useful and productive for heavy duty workloads.

And this is the fundamental problem of Windows 8. They are miles behind Android and iOS in the mobile form factor race, and are likely to remain there (although Metro is a good interface for tablets, Windows 8 as a whole doesn't bring anything to tablets that they really need, apart from unnecessary bloat). But it shafts desktops and laptops for what they are, and will remain, really useful for.

Wth iOS the dominant mobile OS (at least as far as tablets / selling software is concerned), and MacOS being the primary development platform for it (as well as being a suitable Android dev platform) - whilst being focussed on what desktops / laptops do well - there is a risk that Windows 8 could completely decimate Microsoft's OS business.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Sure, phones and tablets will become an increasing part of how we consume media, and do 'simple' tasks like email.

But they aren't going to replace desktops / laptops. They - and their multi-tasking, multi-window OSes - are far too useful and productive for heavy duty workloads.


I have to disagree with this mischaracterization. Especially in light of Surface coming with a keyboard.


And this is the fundamental problem of Windows 8. They are miles behind Android and iOS in the mobile form factor race, and are likely to remain there (although Metro is a good interface for tablets, Windows 8 as a whole doesn't bring anything to tablets that they really need, apart from unnecessary bloat). But it shafts desktops and laptops for what they are, and will remain, really useful for.


I am curious about the bloat you speak of? I guess I'll also have to strongly disagree that it cripples laptops. Its still Windows, there's still a Desktop.

Are some things slightly more difficult? Arguably. But a lot of what's been said is hyperbole. I do development every day and windows 8 suits me fine.

Wth iOS the dominant mobile OS (at least as far as tablets / selling software is concerned), and MacOS being the primary development platform for it (as well as being a suitable Android dev platform) - whilst being focussed on what desktops / laptops do well - there is a risk that Windows 8 could completely decimate Microsoft's OS business.


I question the wisdom of statements like these. Especially since people have been saying Microsoft is doomed for over a decade.

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