Over the past few months, something has become extremely clear: Linux is taking the low-end PC market.
This had me thinking – Where will this lead? Time for a little prediction, although more fun at the beginning of the year, but here goes:
It looks as if Linux is taking the low-end market, Windows has the mid-range and gaming market, and Apple has the high-end market. If this becomes the new positions of the computer market, what will happen to prices, systems, and competition?
I’m thinking what might happen in about five years down the road in the desktop PC market…
Let’s say that the major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, and Ubuntu/Red Hat, etc.) make their way to their respective markets – With Linux in control of the low-end, Mac with the high-end, and Windows in the middle, it could be easily seen that Windows and Mac would have the higher market share, and Linux would be in third, but perhaps not far behind.
This begs the question… who will make their move out of their respective base? Will Ubuntu or another Linux distribution become the go-to system for those who want an alternative to Windows? Will Apple attempt to enter the mid-range or even low-range computing market? Will Microsoft reinvent themeselves to become the new consumer favorite?
The possibilities are endless — really, really endless. Either way, I believe that after each group becomes restless and wants to take another market sector, there will be hightened competition, lower prices, and will be a major plus for
consumers. However, what will happen at the end of 2013 will be the big question.
Who will end up on top? For that matter, will anyone end up on top, and will there be new and innovative competitors entering the computer market?
If you have any ideas/predictions for what will happen in the future, let me know in the comments section of this post!