That seems like an awfully weak argument, given that there are still countless millions of desktop PC users, many of which run Windows. Plus, lots of people use everything: smartphones, tablets, desktops.
I must say I'm getting a little tired of these 'Windows 8 is going to crash and burn!!' threads. In truth nobody knows how this experiment will turn out - I'll personally pay far more attention to actual sales figures 6, 12 and 18 months from now.
They will definitely sell a bunch of devices with it on but it will never be cool.
Apple has definitely won the media messaging war.
Windows 8 is much better but, still, leaves a lot to be desired before it can claim the smoothness of its competitors. It evolved by adding pieces and, after so many years of layer upon layer of stuff added, it starts to show. Windows 8 has some good ideas, but a lot of it is change for the sake of change.
I tried to use Windows 8 for a month or so and it was extremely annoying.
I'll wait for Windows 9: The apology.
Multitasking is boned
...it works badly with multi monitors.
Metro apps are not made for multiple screens and this is what they are pushing for as future software. All full screen tabs.
There us a lot of hot corner action that is painful when those hot corners are in between the two monitors. I had to offset the screens so I could catch the mouse to hit the start button area.
This is a huge step backwards in multitasking.
There have been proof of concepts, I think by Acer, but I don't know of any product roadmap by anybody. Apple wouldn't need to partner with NVIDIA for this, it would be an enclosure not unlike one for external hard drives where you could install any off the shelf graphics card. :)
If not, the next gen optical version will have more then enough headroom.
Windows 8 is designed to run on mobile devices. What is stopping Microsoft to create Windows 8 mobile phone which you can plug into docking station and have full desktop experience?
No, but old licenses of XP or compatibility layers like Wine are.
I'm working for a client right now writing a few apps (away from Access/Excel type apps) so that they can upgrade to Windows 7 by mid-year 2013. And they're upgrading from XP.
So even if Windows 9 never comes out, I would guess there is plenty of work for Windows developers (for better or worse.)
You might argue that they'll succeed in their new strategies. But you sure cannot say that everything is fine and there's nothing to change, or to be alarmed of. Not even microsoft would agree with that.
They were profitable as early as 2005 (http://www.salesforce.com/company/investor/quarterly-results...).
I don't know what income statements you were looking at (just because they lost money in 2012 does not make them an unprofitable company).