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Windows 8 contends with Win 7, PC saturation, says IDC

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    Windows 8 contends with Win 7, PC saturation, says IDC


    A fully saturated PC market means upgrade cycles are slowing down, slowing consumer uptake of Windows 8, IDC's Bob O'Donnell told CNET in an interview.
    What ails the U.S. PC market ails Windows 8 too. That is, saturation and slowing upgrade cycles.
    "The U.S. market is pretty much 100 percent saturated. So it is 100 percent dependent on replacement [PCs]," said O'Donnell, a program vice president at IDC, in a telephone interview referencing a report he helped author that was released Wednesday.

    On the other hand, corporations in the U.S. have not only been seeing slower replacement cycles but are only now upgrading to Windows 7.
    "Commercial [corporate] clients are telling us they're upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7."
    O'Donnell continued. "And in the conversations I've had with Dell and HP, most of their commercial customers are buying Windows 7, not Windows 8."
    Windows 8 contends with Win 7, PC saturation, says IDC | Business Tech - CNET News

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    No surprise, really.
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    No surprise her either hardware has not had any major improvements in quite a while so the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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    Hi there
    Here we go again -- Not Gartners I hope.

    Actually the first time for a while now it looks as if the PC market - (Laptops) will pick up slightly in Q3/Q4. This is due to a lot of companies now adopting BYOD policies --after all who wants to use gear at work that is CONSIDERABLY older than what people have at home and also a lot of tablet users have found that there are some things that STILL need a PC to do work on.

    As the economy is also slightly beginning (finally) to come out of recession there's still plenty of life in this market. You probably won't see any reliable stats on this until late in Q4 (around Xmas time) but I've seen more people looking and buying laptops in a few stores I've visited than for a long time where it was just Tablets, Tablets and yet more Tablets.

    People have also realized that there's nothing wrong in having a tablet AND a PC and have found out albeit a bit late in the day that it still is better to have a device that fits the purpose rather than try and compromise by attempting to do everything on a single device.

    And to re-iterate -- this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Windows 8 or any other OS installed on it. You could install "The Dogs Dinner" OS on a computer and if people needed a PC they'd buy it anyway whatever was on it.

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    You could install "The Dogs Dinner" OS on a computer and if people needed a PC they'd buy it anyway whatever was on it.
    Yes, that is why 8 has sold some. Would have sold some more if the public had liked it. 8.1 is an attempt to make it a bit less repugnant. MS obviously thinks it will work. We will find out.


    it still is better to have a device that fits the purpose rather than try and compromise by attempting to do everything on a single device.
    Yes, that applies to those who need those functions. Seems there are quite a few who only need/want what they can already do on their portable ios/android devices. Raises the question of how big the market will be for one os fits all. When Mark started this idea , it interested me - but then I am not the general public.

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