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IDC: PC Markets Continue To Struggle, Seek Stability
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User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2016 | 12:54:51 PM
Windows 11?
Hardly surprising given the choices enterprises have in terms of what is already out there, costing out the upgrade, using virtual PCs which run on any box

Or maybe they are just waiting for Windows 11? 

MSFT upgrades and new operating systems ain't what they used to be -  WIN 95, XP, WIN 7 -- those three made sense. Win 8 was such a blunder, Win 10 was the only answer. Not much leadership here.


>> IDC noted that while several enterprises are considering upgrades to Windows 10 they are not investing in new PCs at a pace that would stabilize the commercial PC market.
User Rank: Strategist
6/10/2016 | 7:20:41 PM
Device components now satisfy former rapid-turnover markets for several years
Market analysts refer to consumers' unwillingness to spend, or the manufacturers lack of innovation, but in fact the components in PCs and smart phones have become powerful enough to justify holding onto to them longer. The size of memory and the power of processors is adequate for consumers for several years. We no longer have periodic upgrades to Windows driving the market the way they used to, either. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
6/10/2016 | 12:39:54 PM
PCs, tablets, hybrids/convertibles, and more
To be sure, laptops have become desktop replacements, tablets have become laptop replacements, and smartphones/phablets have long been substitutes for both (esp. among Gen. Y and Millennials).

Unfortunately, most of the hybrids/"convertibles" on the market today are consumer-grade.  If there was a good and cost-effective "convertible" that was enterprise grade on part with MSFT's Surface Pro, that would likely make it to my shopping list.

Or does someone have a hot tip on a good one?
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
6/10/2016 | 12:37:08 PM
Re: Predictions, predictions
@melgross: Indeed, data on the present and predictions for the future from analysts like Gartner, IDC, and so on often downright conflict with each other.  See, e.g., this roundup of competing IoT-device data and forecasts:
User Rank: Ninja
6/10/2016 | 10:04:32 AM
Predictions, predictions
Pay no attention to the predictions of Gardner and IDC. Neither are ever correct. According to them, PC sales should have begun growth three years ago. Nothing that's been happening is close to their predictions. I predict that PC sales will plummet about the same amount next year, and the year after that, because that's what's happening. I agree though, that tablet sales are falling. Apple, for example, is finding that it's iPad 2 is good enough for many people, and with them having supported it with the latest iOS update, there is little reason for many people to upgrade further. Interesting because that is the last non retina screen model. But this year, likely iOS 10 will drop it. It will be interesting to see what happens then.

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