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PC Slump: No Recovery in Sight
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PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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12/4/2013 | 11:02:50 PM
Re: XP
True but I bet most of those xp machines are on the internet. We have some equipment that runs on software that needs XP. We also have one that runs 98. None are connected to the internet though.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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12/4/2013 | 10:35:30 PM
Re: XP
Yes, Paul. I was thinking about the security issues when I wrote the word "unusable." But, there is one place where XP can go on forever, and that is if an XP machine is the brains behind some instrument or device that has NO exposure to the internet At ALL.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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12/4/2013 | 8:23:10 PM
Re: XP
@Gary... It wont become unusable but with no suppoirt means no updates. As security flaws open up there will be no fixes. You are taking a big risk if you continue to run XP.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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12/4/2013 | 8:19:14 PM
XP
Wow is all I can say for all the PCs that still run windows XP. That is going to be a big security hole for organizations that don't upgrade.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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12/4/2013 | 5:33:00 PM
Re: My consumer research says go for the lowest cost
PCs are production and consumption devices whereas Smartphone and tablets are only consumption devices at the moment. PC sales are not growing as they used to because now they are competing with mobile devices so I guess that is where the PC Slump comes from. And I guess if we continue to hold PCs and mobile devices separate, then I would not expect PC to ever become obsolete unless mobile devices were to get a massive power boost (internally or from the cloud) and have a docking station available in the market.
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12/4/2013 | 2:25:45 PM
Re: Upgrade? Why?
Agree completely. When the hammer I have does exactly what I need and does it well at a decent price, I don't need to run down to Sears to buy the "New and Improved!" model every year... especially if I'm going to have to learn an entirely new way to use it.

I'll bet we're going to see a similar topping out of the smartphone market soon. How many of the incremental changes now being added are really being used?
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12/4/2013 | 12:58:44 PM
Upgrade? Why?
Every decent computer purchased in the past 5 years will run essentially anything you need to (except serious games) reasonably well; software isn't driving hardware purchases the way it did a decade or more ago.  That's the big driver for the slump.

I know that lots of gadget-heads and hipsters will feel a burning desire to buy something new, but the majority of folks don't see a reason to spend money on an upgrade; if what you mostly do is look at Facebok and play Candy Crush Saga, how much iron (or OS) do you need? 

The phrase "Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks are compelling upgrades" proves just how out-of-touch the author is.  8.1 may be a compelling upgrade if you got suckered into Win8 in the first place, but a large majority of folks seem to prefer the significantly better UI in Win7, and OSX is only an option if you are one of the less than 10% of users who have a Mac.  Between them they are important to far less than a quarter of the PC population, though one assumes that both are critical to advertisers...

Much ado about nothing...
Gary_EL
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12/3/2013 | 11:55:09 PM
XP
I wonder what will happen in April with XP. Still 31%! Will the lack of support mean that the operating system quickly becomes unusable? Will there be a mad dash to other Windows operating systems? Will many users abandon their PC's and laptops and rely on tablets and smartphones? I was using XP myself, and I found it perfectly adequate for my needs, but my motherboard died about 3 months ago, and not wanting to purchase a ticket on the titanic, I bought a Windows 7 machine.
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12/3/2013 | 9:27:14 PM
Re: Shrinking market
I'll be interested to see whether there's any demand for the new Mac Pro. It looks like a great machine, but I ditched my tower for a laptop in 2011 and haven't looked back.
Kristin Burnham
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12/3/2013 | 8:36:40 PM
Shrinking market
We're purchasing my husband's uncle a laptop for Christmas as a combined gift. As the "techy one" in the family, I tried -- oh so hard -- to convince them that a tablet or even Chromebook may be more appropriate, but to no avail. There's certainly still a market  for PCs, but I agree -- it's certainly shrinking.
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