Is Microsoft obsolete? According to a new report, announced The Epoch Times this Thursday, April 4, that may be the case by the time 2017 comes around.
While Microsoft was in control of nearly 90% of the OS market during its prime, a just-released report has said that with Microsoft falling in popularity in the past few years, it could quite literally be "out-of-date" by 2017.
The Microsoft obsolete talk was first fueled as technology from smartphones and tablets to laptops and handhelds began to replace consumer use of PCs.
A technology firm called Gartner reported that with the rise of mobile devices, Microsoft will soon fade out of the spotlight. In estimations, Microsoft products will fall far behind Android sales — by almost an incredible 900 million units, guesses the report — but may still hold a small rise over Apple products, added Computer World.
In the current national standings, Android accounts for 497 million, Apple for 213 million operating systems, and Windows for just under 347 million devices total.
“The traditional PC market of notebooks and desk-based units is expected to decline 7.6 percent this 2013,” noted a press release from Gartner. “This is not a temporary trend induced by a more austere economic environment; it is a reflection of a long-term change in user behavior. Beginning in 2013, ultramobiles will help offset this decline, so that sales of traditional PCs and ultramobiles combined show a 3.5 percent decline in 2013.”
Ultimately, the firm concluded that consumers’ wide use of apps, lower prices, and new features will make tablets in fact at the top of the technology market, possibly leaving Microsoft if not obsolete, at least in the dust.