incrediBILL - 12:13 am on Apr 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
What most people ignore, and MS got right, is the difference between a tablet and a laptop is whether it has a keyboard attached or not. Of course you can also put a keyboard with an iPad or an Android tablet too, so MS is late to the game.
Problem is they've lost the mobile market and Linux servers are taking a big bite out of the server market unless it's some corporate servers or some such, so MS is really getting squeezed in every direction except the desktop which would appear to be only going to exist in offices very soon.
My prediction for the future of computing it the average person will only own a smartphone and maybe a tablet to get the bigger screen. With the new devices sporting AllShare (DLNA) you can gain access to even bigger screens without needing a desktop. Desktop computers and laptops will be primarily relegated to the office, and perhaps not even there as I'm seeing more exec types toting iPads instead of desktops or laptops. Bigger computers will probably only exist corporate-wide due to IT policy or some such nonsense for the short term but I think even in the corporate world the tablet is going to pick up more momentum for most workers and that's where MS is hoping to keep those clients with Surface.
As others have mentioned sales are going to suffer because machines are so fast now upgrading will become a hardware compatibility issue in the future, not a speed problem as I've been on the same machine 5 years now and this overclocked quad core gaming system is still providing way more horsepower than I can use when not doing gaming. My wife's machine is the same way, more power than she'll need in the foreseeable future which is bad for MS as they make money when people upgrade.
Don't upgrade hardware, no Windows sold.
Don't upgrade Win 7, no Win 8 sold.
Don't upgrade Office, no cash cow for investors.
If more people do like I do and use OpenOffice, old hardware, pay nothing to the MS upgrade bandwagon, go all Android mobile, and it spells trouble in Redmond.
If Android decided to go desktop, MS could be in real trouble.