Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is on its last legs. At least according to those happy harbingers of doom, Gartner. The research-cum-analysis firm says Android will smother it into near-joint-third place with Apple, by 2017.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think a lot can happen in four years.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Preston Gralla gets vicariously grumpy via Gartner:
...shrinking PC sales will end Microsoft's dominance. ... Microsoft hardware will lag Android device sales...and barely squeeze past Apple's share. ...tablets will become people's main computers.
The Gartner report says that by 2017...Android will have the lion's share...with 1.47 billion, Windows...571 million, and iOS/MacOS...504 million. That's a drastic change. ... The implications...go beyond Windows. Revenue from Office could be threatened as well. ... Google has just released Quickoffice for Android and iOS [so] it's not certain that Office will dominate on those platforms.
The trends show why with Windows 8 Microsoft made a radical decision. [But] Microsoft needs to do much more if it wants to prove Gartner wrong. MORE
Matthew O'Connell lays it on the line:
Alongside the proliferation of mobile devices is the decline of desktop-based and notebook PCs.
[It] shouldn’t come as a surprise. ... The advanced engineering of new mobile processors, with...high-quality graphics and consistent data connections, has enabled amazing performance in a portable package. ...advancements in technology have allowed for more competition and cost-effective production along with the incredible leaps in functionality.
The day when mobile devices completely replace desktops is in sight. MORE
Gartner's Ranjit Atwal explains himself:
Lower prices, form factor variety, cloud update and consumers' addiction to apps will be the key drivers in the tablet market.
Growth in the tablet segment will not be limited to mature markets. ... Users in emerging markets who are looking for a companion to their mobile phone will increasingly choose a tablet...not a PC. MORE
But Stiggy says it's a shame:
For all those wondering what MS was playing at when they released Windows 8 with a touch interface; [here's] the answer.
It's a shame that the Metro/Modern interface is so badly executed. ... It's also a shame as Windows Phone 8 is a great mobile OS, and is likely getting negative press from it's big brother Windows 8. MORE