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larryloeb
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7/28/2015 | 12:40:48 PM
Re: Death rattle of desktops
Maybe even your smartphone will be good enough for most routine things.
kstaron
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7/28/2015 | 12:04:06 PM
Death rattle of desktops
I think IDC's numbers are a bit more realistic as we see people adopt tablets for day to dat use over larger less portable options such as desktops. As a consumer I might wait a few weeks if a major operating system release was on the horizon but I'm not waiting months so I doubt the slump is due primarily to the pending release. I don't suspect we will see the seath of the sesktop anytime soon, but unless you need the computing power for crunching numbers, modeling simulations, or playing richly detailed games You can get all you need in a much more portable and cheaper option with a tablet.
larryloeb
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7/18/2015 | 7:12:51 AM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
I think Gartner and IDC count laptops as PCs.

It doesn't have to be a desktop box.
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7/17/2015 | 11:47:02 PM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
I think laptops are become more popular.  They take up less space and are as powerful as PCs.  I know for many people who travel, some companies give their employees their own laptops.  Eventhough PC consumption may have decrease, laptops are becoming the main computer at many homes. 
larryloeb
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7/17/2015 | 3:47:49 PM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
I see your point, but differ on where the lever arm is.

I think analytics applied to big data in the cloud will be a tipping point.

If you have data , you can visualize it in some manner like a spreadsheet and use that to develop theories and questions.

But what if your analytic servce automatically did data analysis, posited questions for you, and then found the answer to them? It's like he difference between a manual shift and an automatic. Much more quality work could be done,
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7/16/2015 | 4:38:23 AM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
@larryloeb, great point about government policy -- the PC or technology in general, is not going to change government policy. And, many of the benefits of technology should not be artificially created through subsidies as it hurts the open market.

The indirect effects of the PC on the economy are positive and it ties into the gains that are hopped to be gained from processes such as, the new industrial revolution and/or information economy. However, these gains are only realized if a newer version of the technology is applied in areas where it is most needed. For instance, in the 1800s increasing the efficiency of a steam engine would result in higher profitability for coal mines that was positive for the economy but, compound a few efficiency gains of the steam engine and immobile steam engines become mobile, opening up a whole world of locomotive transport that created a higher positive effect in the economy.

In the same way, a newer version of the PC would make spreadsheet work, etc., efficient. However, a newer version of the PC with a Windows such as, Windows 10 that is pushing the boundaries of an OS onto mobile devices, the cloud and IoT device (Raspberry Pi 2) could transform the energy sector, healthcare and/or smart cities, etc.   
larryloeb
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7/15/2015 | 5:11:49 AM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
There may be a lot fo work to be done; but what can PCs do for it?

A PC won't directly help external economic conditions or change Chinese governmental policy.
Brian.Dean
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7/15/2015 | 3:46:24 AM
Re: Windows 10 - so what?
PC sales are down and mobile is also not doing too good. Generally, the economy is not too good as GDP growth was at 0.2 percent in the first quarter. Oil prices are still near $50. China's stock market lost $3.2 trillion in a month.

There is a lot of work ahead to be completed and new PCs might be exactly the need of the day.
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7/14/2015 | 6:53:05 AM
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Yes Apple results were quite interesting. The fact that it saw a reduction in shipped systems and yet increased its market share by a fraction of a per cent isn't a bad turnout for the company. 

I'm not too concerned by the dip in PC sales year on year though. There's going to be a big upswing when Windows 10 eventually launches and the XP support shutdown last year was a big catalst for upgrades. That sort of buy rate isn't going to happen very often. 
larryloeb
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7/14/2015 | 12:34:46 AM
Re: Apple
Yes, that is correct.

The article was trying to highlight what was going on in "PC" shipments. Apple makes computers and tablets and a lot of phones, but none of them are usually called "PC"s which has come to mean Wintel or Linux boxes.
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