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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

Microsoft, PC manufacturers share the blame for the desktop downturn

As recently as six years ago, questioning the long-term success of the Wintel juggernaut and PC manufacturers would have seemed preposterous. Then Apple released the iPhone, opening the floodgates to creative new computing technologies. Instead of coming along for the ride, the traditional  PC manufacturers  largely dug in their heels. And when they finally tried to adapt, they found the transition much harder than expected. THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DESKTOP Part 1: Employee mobility: A leap of faith for IT admins Part 2: Mobility won't kill the Microsoft Windows operating system Part 3: Consequences of consumerization on back-end infrastructure Part 4: Microsoft, PC manufacturers share the blame for the desktop downturn Microsoft gets most of the blame here, but it’s not alone. Traditional PC manufacturing powers have also dropped the ball. “Complacency and a lack of innovation among [original equipment manufacturer] vendors and other parts of the PC ecosystem have occurred over the past five years,” IDC said in a January press ...

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