re: Windows 8 Did Not Cause PC Sales Slump
I read this article very carefully. Twice. I think it is wrong. The author uses the same argument (apology) that is currently being used by several authors around the Internet: Blame the tablets. The problem is that, if you look at the reduction in PC sales, there is no complementary increase in tablet sales.Furthermore, if you look at Windows 8 tablet sales, they are horrible.
So all of these consumers did not buy a PC because they were going to buy tablets instead, but did not buy the tablets? That doesn't make sense.
Furthermore, it *is* true that PC's have superfluous computing power these days. But that was true before Windows 7, which sold fine.
And lets not forget that, for whatever it is worth, iPads are selling just fine.
What happened with PC's is that (1) Microsoft owns most of the OS market (2) People hate Windows 8.
So, I think it would be more correct to say something like this: PC users currently have more or less powerful older computers. Upgrading is a luxury, not a necessity, and such users do upgrade occasionally. [I bought two extra Windows 7 laptops that I still don't use, for example]. If such users were on the fence about whether to buy a new PC, the detestable nature of Windows 8 convinced them to keep what they had.