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The PC is dead. Long live the PC!
This year saw the all-but-inevitable death of the traditional PC. The debate argues around whether or not the PC makers can survive with the rise of post-PC devices, like smartphones, tablets, and 'phablets' -- or part-phones, part-tablets. But, the final nail in the coffin was when figures suggested that PC shipments were expected to (and subsequently did) decline for the first time in a decade.
Ultrabooks failed to make that much of an impact, while PC industry rival Apple was shipping more iPads than any other PC manufacturer was shipping PCs each quarter. It was a tipping point that was reached where the mere tablet had grabbed the PC industry by the throat and continues to strangle it. Will PCs survive? Yes, for the next few years, but the post-PC era is certainly upon us.
Privacy: I can has none?
While the balance is becoming increasingly hard to find -- it's there, but it's unique to everyone -- privacy remained one of the most talked about topics of the year, and will likely rage on for some time to come.
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Windows 8 launched: Mixed reaction, first quarter will reveal all
Microsoft launched Windows 8 -- at long last -- in October. So far, the figures suggest that consumers and businesses are responding well to the new Surface tablets, but overall sales figures will take time to determine and decipher.
Analysts remain tepid on the software's impact and exactly how businesses and enterprises will embrace the brand new user interface, without the Start menu and (most of the time) the traditional desktop -- or not. That said, Microsoft's latest operating system has been reportedly off to a good start -- selling more than 40 million licenses in the first few weeks of the software's launch, according to Microsoft.
However, some companies are yet to bite down on Windows 8 for fear that they would be wasting their time. In some cases, like Google, there just aren't many people using the software to justify building apps for the platform.
PC sales have this year fallen dramatically as a result of not only a wider industry slowdown, but also as a result of the release of Windows 8. Many consumers and businesses avoid upgrading until the new software was out on the market. Microsoft's hope is that it can revive the PC market; otherwise the company could end up falling down from a domino-like effect. Watch this space for 2013.