1. Through 2015, 90 percent of enterprises will bypass broad-scale deployment of Windows 8.
Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to bring the touch interface to its flagship product to counter the gains made by Apple in rapid-growth markets. Therefore, Microsoft is trying to push IT organizations to this new interface as quickly as possible. However, most enterprises and their management vendors are not yet prepared for this change, and Gartner predicts that enterprises will want to wait for more stability before proceeding. While Microsoft as a technology company can make these changes at a more advanced pace, the preponderance of the customer base cannot move so quickly. The market will take time to mature, and most enterprises will sit on the sideline for now.
2. By the end of 2014, three of the top five mobile handset vendors will be Chinese.
Mobile phone penetration in emerging markets has resulted in a changing of the guard in terms of leading vendors. The openness of Android creates new markets for OEMs that previously did not have the necessary software expertise and engineering capabilities. The market continues to consolidate around Android and iOS, with other ecosystems struggling to gain traction, and, with most vendors committed to Android, it has become difficult to differentiate. The result is that the traditional mobile phone players are getting squeezed, being unable to compete with Apple and Samsung at the high end and struggling to differentiate from aggressive new vendors, most notably Huawei and ZTE, which are using the same Android platform for their models. Chinese vendors have the opportunity to leverage their strong position in the domestic Chinese market for entry-level smartphones and expand to other regions, because this is not just an emerging-market phenomenon.