Re: Colour me shocked
"How many downvotes DO you haev?"
I didn't know life was graded based on internet votes.
This is what you get from the Facebook generation. >:/
Anyway, for *once* Eadon has it right: Windows 8 is dooming PC vendors as consumers stay away from upgrading to it in droves. The downvotes were given by stupidity, nobody would have downvoted the same general opinion just under 4 short years ago if the sentence read "Of course it's all Microsoft's fault for releasing Vista" as everyone knew it was true.
A lot of PC sales, as they are in other markets of consumers goods, are driven by a known path: first adopters then upgraders. The first adopters grab the new product as soon as it is available, needing or simply desiring to be on the 'cutting edge'. After the first adopters get their feet
bloodied, err, wet, they go out to World+dog and chat up the product. The upgraders then jump on board, wish to experience the new good's 'upgrades' and using various reasonings to acquire the upgrade: replacing old hardware, replacing damaged hardware, replacing due to boredom with current, etc.
The problem is that a poor release of a new product's upgrade breaks the first adopters part of the equation and, therefore, you do not get the 'critical mass' of word-of-mouth to create enough desire in the upgraders. This was Vista's, and now is Windows 8's, problem. No one is truly hyping Windows 8 as a 'necessary' upgrade, unlike Windows XP followed by Windows 7. No one in the industry is really saying "You're still running Windows 98?! Why aren't you on XP!?" = "You're still running Windows 7?! Why aren't you on Windows 8!?"
Just isn't happening. So the PC market has burst - everyone is just fine at the level they are currently at. "Why spend money upgrading something I already have, especially when the upgrade is really a 'downgrade'", people are saying to themselves.
So buying is down through the floor. Oh, they're still spending, but spending on the hyped product: tablets and smartphones. PC's just have no 'mojo' right now - unglamorous, almost no new ideas to entice customers with pretty-shiny and with a lamentable OS that no one really loves as well! Bleh! "BORING!"
I'll make a reasonable prediction: It will take 6 to 9 months to rebound but the new Windows 8.1 release that brings back the desktop, and de-emphasizes touchscreens, will cause a upward bounce in sales (by Christmas, IF the channel can get replaced with enough AFFORDABLE Win8.1 product to replace the 8.0 on the shelves).