Computer Manufacturers Dropping Out?

By Deane Barker on November 30, 2004

Computer makers face slowdown, firm predicts: Gartner is saying that three of the Top 10 computer manufacturers will be gone in two years. I pick Gateway as one of them, given that its workforce has been cut 92% in the last three years.

Three of the nation’s top 10 personal computer manufacturers will likely leave the market by 2007 because of slower growth and reduced profits in the industry, a research firm predicted Monday. […]

Personal computer unit growth is forecast to average 5.7% annually from 2006 through 2008, half the 11.3% average of 2003 through 2005.

Reminds me of something I wrote in this post a year-and-a-half ago:

Additionally, there’s little reason to upgrade software these days. Core apps like Microsoft Office have reached a functionality plateau, and they’re practically to point of diminishing returns. Am I going to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft Office? No way, I maybe use 10% of the functionality in Word now. No software upgrade, no need for a hardware upgrade.