Tony Bradley from PCWorld published an article yesterday highlighting a recent report from Gartner predicting a 22% growth of global PC sales for 2010. This “rebound”, as Tony calls it, is reflective of the general economic recovery but also reflective of the success of Windows 7. Tony’s article gives some excellent insight into the predictions and statements from Gartner’s report about what to expect for the PC market in 2010. In a statement, Gartner predicts the aging life of PCs with the adoption of Windows 7, will generate robust demand in the professional market for PC sales.
..just to add. In response to Google & Apple's upcoming TV platforms, I would love to see Microsoft move up & dedicate this years PDC to focus on its consumer entertainment platforms: Media Center/Extender, XBox Video MarketPlace, Zune and MediaRoom. Help developers make sense of it all and provide independent developers tools/webservices to help them leverage these.
Sounds good for the health of the Windows platform. With growing consumer influences on corporate technology adoption, Microsoft will need to address a number of things on the consumer side soon. Primarily I believe, they will need to decide on and ship an appropriate os, ui & marketplace for tablets...and...reiterate OneNote often to make it really standout. On the Windows side, I believe that Media Center UI or Windows "desktop" should be replaced with "Metro" and expand marketplace to cover 10' UI apps as well. Partners Developers Partners Developers.