1 hour ago, spivonious wrote
Microsoft has made a bet that tablets will take over the market currently held by desktops and laptops in the home. And I think they made the right bet.
If this is the mindset, then Win8 deserves to tank. They drank too much koolaid. And not even their own koolaid.
Tablets are already selling almost as many units
Everyone gets hyped about this quote: "Apple CEO Tim Cook just showed an amazing slide at the launch event for the new iPad. Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter. That's more than any PC maker's TOTAL PC sales during the same quarter."
but it seems no one actually read the graph or understood the text for that matter. What it means is that Apple sold slightly more iPads than HP sold PCs. THAT's ALL. If you combine the sales figures of HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer, the picture becomes very different. And if you add the tons of smaller PC makers into the mix as well (and there are lots of them), the picture gets even more unimpressive for the iPad.
Also, let's not forget that you just don't need to replace your PC that often anymore. I am running a Core 2 Duo 6420 with Windows 7 and it runs just fine. Even most newer games seem to work. And this on 2006 tech essentially. And Win8 can run on the same hardware as well.
Imagine running a game from 2002 or Windows XP on 1996 hardware.. and because we've reached the point where even years old PC hardware is good enough for most tasks, there is no need to replace PCs as often. Given this, the PC sales are actually even impressive.
The home of the future will have smart TVs, tablets, and smartphones. The PC will become a hobbyist device, only used by the hardcore PC gamers and geeks.
Wasn't this utopia supposed to happen already with the internet settop box, the net PC, and the netbook?
Anyway, I wouldn't count on it. You can't do productive work on these devices. Try making a spreadsheet on an tablet. What could happen is that you plug-in a mouse, a keyboard and a display into a tablet to to do your work.. but then you end up with a notebook/desktop PC again. And for that, the classical Windows shell is the far better GUI than the forced Metro mix you get with Win8.