re: Microsoft's Influence Fading Fast: Gartner
I think it may just be too late for MS to portray itself as software/hardware that advocates for the user as Apple and Google have been able to do. For so long, MS was the monopoly that forced the use of its products through bundling them with its OS. Products that were not necessarily innovative let alone easy to use and secure. All that may have changed with recent products (I do like Windows 7) but it took too long. Companies like Apple, Google, Mozilla, Amazon and Dropbox moved faster in listening to what users want in their digital products. Most of what MS offers today seems like a reaction rather than the result of a long intended goal. I donG«÷t like Windows 8 on the desktop at all. I plan on keeping with 7 for as long as possible. Right now the only true need I have for windows is support for the MMO I play though it is now available for Mac OS.
I still like laptops and desktops. I do more consumption on the go than I do productivity, so my phone works well enough for that (though viewing photos saved to my Dropbox account is much nicer on our Kindle FireG«÷s 7G«• screen). I still prefer to read and do purchase research from the desktop. I can type and click through navigation and searches much faster than I can on a phone or a tablet. However, my phone is old (2+ years) and our Fire is 1st gen. Maybe IG«÷d change my tune with one of the slightly larger, sharper and brighter screens, faster processors and faster data connections available on the last round of smartphones and smaller tablets.
Today though, my needs are driven by my MMO which no tablet or phone can handle at full graphics acceleration. For that IG«÷m eyeing something with an i5 or i7 and that means a laptop or a desktop. I COMPLETELY understand that I am probably niche tech consumer and someone like my wife is more likely to try to do something on her iPhone before ever going to the laptop.