"Technology research and advisory firm Gartner predicted in a recent report that shipments of devices using Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android will far exceed shipments of Windows personal computers and phones by 2017.
"Further, Gartner predicts that by 2017 the number of tablets, mobile phones and ultra-mobile devices will total 2.7 billion units, roughly 10 times the number of desktop and notebook personal computers. These expectations reflect the pervasive belief that the future in computing is clearly mobile.
"Should these expectations materialize, it would spell certain doom for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), whose software and other products depend heavily on the personal computer. The company was extremely late to the mobile game, and still doesn't have a pronounced footprint in mobile.
"With this in mind, could tech giant Microsoft really cease to exist only a few short years from now? Is it really on the brink of vanishing from the Earth, or are fears of the company’s impending irrelevance overblown?
"Could Microsoft really disappear?
"It’s certainly true that when it comes to global smartphone sales, Google is the elephant in the room. The company’s Android devices accounted for nearly 70% of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a separate Gartner research report. This represented a 18 percentage point increase in market share versus the fourth quarter of 2011.
They'll wait until the end of the fiscal year to show a more impressive number. Sales may be slightly down from Windows 7, but by comparison they will still sell tens of millions...still don't have much choice if you need an OS.
msft exec say gartner and idc correct. tehy lie and only you know truth?,,,,,,,,,,,
Peter Klein, Microsoft's outgoing chief financial officer, doesn't disagree that traditional PC sales are plunging: when asked what sort of decline, if any, Microsoft was seeing in shipments, he said: "On the PC market, I would look to some of the third parties, IDC and Gartner. They're sort of in the 12-13-14 [per cent] down range this quarter."
And Chris Suh, Microsoft's general manager for investor relations, didn't disagree with the IDC./Gartner figures either. Asked for Microsoft's perspective, Suh said:
"In the Windows division, revenue was flat this quarter. Within that, OEM revenue performance was in line with the underlying x86 PC market, which continues to be challenged as the PC market evolves beyond the traditional PC to touch and mobile devices."