Dan Costa on Windows 8 in PCMag:
My only surprise was that I came away from the event predicting Windows 8′s inevitable success.
There are two reasons for that assertion. First, although Apple’s market share is growing, it still only has about 13 percent of the U.S. market. It is an incredibly lucrative 13 percent, with nearly all of the $1,000-plus units sales, but it is still a minority player. That means Microsoft will continue to dominate the laptop and desktop space. This traditional “PC” market is declining, but people still buy a lot of laptops and desktops.
Costa is right, Windows 8 will be a commercial success. The real question is whether Microsoft can finally translate that success into areas it hasn’t been able to dominate: Smartphones and tablets. So as Windows 8 takes off, don’t forget to look at sales of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Microsoft’s Surface. Those numbers will tell the true story of Windows 8.