And it’s no wonder why. Analysts around the world are still criticizing it for some of the UI changes it brings, while market researchers point to a slow uptake that fails to make any difference for the ever-collapsing PC industry.
Microsoft has clearly lost a lot of users lately, but it’s not because of Windows. At least, that’s what Al Gillen, an IDC analyst, said in an interview with The Seattle Times.
In fact, the Softies need to put the focus on some other markets too in order to make sure they have what it takes to face competition from other large companies when it comes to smartphones, tablets and phablets.
“I don’t know that Windows 8 creates a drag on sales. At the same time it hasn’t created a boom either. … The real problem isn’t Windows. It’s competition with smartphones, tablets and phablets,” he said.
“Here’s the thing about cloud: There’s a lot of excitement around cloud. The incorrect but simple way to think about it: that cloud replaces everything out there today and if you don’t capture it, you’re lost. That’s too simplistic. When thinking about cloud, it’s going to bring a new paradigm to the industry but the old stuff is not going away any time soon.”
Microsoft, on the other hand, seems to know this very well. CEO Steve Ballmer said several times in…