It may seem obvious to most that giving away a free upgrade is not going to positively effect sales but apparently not so to market analysts who seem to have assumed the release of Windows 10 would boost PC sales. Most machines capable of running Windows 7 or a variety of Windows 8 can run Windows 10 without issues, with most problems arising from driver issues which can be worked around, so there was no huge rush to purchase a brand new laptop or desktop. This quarter a fall of 7.3% in sales compared to this time last year is expected, decent in comparison to last quarters fall of 9.8% but still far from good. The only increase in sales occurred in the smartphone segment, even tablet sales are down over 10%. There is good news on the horizon for new hardware does drive sales and Intel has recently released Skylake and products using the new chip have yet to reach the channel in large numbers. As the manufacturers produce more products using the new processor we should see somewhat of an increase in sales of systems though this story at The Inquirer suggests it may be 2017 before we see an increase … perhaps some relatively good news for AMD?
"So says analyst outfit Gartner, which seems to think Microsoft's latest Windows release hasn't done much to reverse faltering PC sales, despite the software giant having gone out of its way to ensure users download it."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming @ The Register
- Misusing Ethernet To Kill Computer Infrastructure Dead @ Slashdot
- iOS 9 security flaw lets anyone access your photos and contacts @ The Inquirer
- New ARM CPU design center opens in Taiwan @ DigiTimes
- India's daft draft anti-encryption law torn up after world+dog points out its stupidity @ The Register
Waiting for Steam OS, and
Waiting for Steam OS, and Vulkan, and Laptops and regular form factor laptops that are not Ultrabooks to UltraCrook the market with their crappy cooling solutions. AMD get some laptops with Your CARRIZO FX8800P APU AT ->35 WATTS<- with a cooling solution that will allow the part to run at ->35 WATTS<- Laptops with an discrete GCN GPU, high resolution screen, etc! A Steam OS based laptop without all the over you shoulder peeping and metrics slurping from that big spyware house in Redmond!!! Key Log this M$, Tiles, Telemetry, and Forced Updates = NO SALES!
I agree with the comments on
I agree with the comments on M$.
The massive data transfer on default settings is amazing and the amount of constant pinging and Win 10 doing it’s own internet data schwinging is incredible – they can’t wait to lock you into a M$ account, scan every device on your network, add them in, and only they and the NSA/+300 other affiliated contracted agencies know what else.
WHY are they giving it away free…lol
It’s a data miners dream OS
A new Microsoft OS doesn’t
A new Microsoft OS doesn’t exactly excite people. We have a bit of a market saturation issue. A lot of people already have devices that are good enough, so they have little reason to upgrade. We are not going to have massive performance differences until we get laptops and such with HBM or whatever Intel is working on; probably some HMC variant. The parts with eDRAM cache increase performance significantly, but it is still only equivalent to a very low-end dedicated GPU. An APU with HBM can bring mainstream dedicated GPU performance in a small, power efficient, single package.
Nobody expected a free
Nobody expected a free upgrade to help PC sales. Confused on why people thought this.
No one cares about OS
No one cares about OS upgrades. No one even knows what an OS is. Computers are tools to get the job done, why buy a new one if the current one is totally fine?
I’ve been using W10 on a
I’ve been using W10 on a desktop, laptop, and tablet since the beta began last fall and still have it loaded. I can find no reason to recommend it over W7 with the exception being if you are already entrenched in Microsoft cloud services.
Maybe in a few years when/if DX12 is the dominant API and I absolutely need it to play games, it could be worth it. By then more of the bugs and design flaws should be fixed and perhaps there will be better community fixes (hax) to deal with its more annoying features.