PC Market Starting to Stabilize After Eight Quarters of Declining Shipments

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Brian Dowding

While I loved XP - thank god they killed it.

It was 14 years old. No one in 2012 was crying for Windows 98 Support.

Maybe putting the year number back into the OS name could wake people up.

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Brian Dowding

BTW:

Now that XP is gone, and Server 2003 gone next year - we can say goodbye to the GIANT kernal memory manager flaw I documented in 2004 for Microsoft which was never patched - but addressed for Vista forward.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Oh. How long has Windows 8 been out now?

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Jeffredo

Hate that Windows 8-ish image of someone with a perfectly good keyboard and mouse poking at the monitor screen like a five year old.

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John Pombrio

People are getting tired of trying to use their crippled tablet or Chromebook for things only a full PC can do right.

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ApathyCurve

^^^

As more people get tablets, more people are realizing "Hey, you know what? This thing is basically useless for anything... well, useful. I think I'll go back to a real computer."

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LatiosXT

If you're at home all day, sure.

If you're out of town and you need something to get on the internet, they're really good for that. And yes, sometimes lugging around a laptop is inconvenient.

Besides, I have me a Windows 8 tablet with Intel's latest Atom chip. And I can run more or less enjoy the same experience I get on it as I do my desktop for content consumption. It's not going to wow anyone in gaming, but I didn't buy it for that purpose.

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LatiosXT

It's a conspiracy! Microsoft sees declining PC sales so it'll axe whatever the oldest supported OS to push people to buy more!

(also sarcasm if anyone can't tell).