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  • Report Microsoft's Shrinking Window For Tablets

    Windows 8 Shows Promise, But Its Fifth-Mover Product Strategy Is Late
    November 29, 2011 | J. P. Gownder, Sarah Rotman Epps

    Microsoft faces challenges in the tablet market due to its late entry. While Windows 8 looks like a promising product for tablet computing, its release won't come until sometime next year. Though...

  • Report Designing A Mobile Empowered Product Strategy

    An Empowered Report: Applying The IDEA Framework To Smartphone Users
    September 7, 2010 | J. P. Gownder

    Product strategists developing mobile offerings should take inspiration from Forrester's new book Empowered. When designing a mobile product strategy, they should employ a mobile version of the...

  • Report Windows 7 Succeeds In Raising Awareness

    But Many Consumers Are Still Uncertain About Upgrading From XP
    March 29, 2010 | Abe Garon, J. P. Gownder

    With its recent launch of Windows 7, Microsoft faces two key challenges: The product must perform well enough to live up to the lasting legacy of Windows XP while at the same time overcoming...

  • Report Windows 7 Early Adopters Are Very Satisfied

    A Surprising Number Of Consumers Have Upgraded Their Old PCs
    March 29, 2010 | J. P. Gownder, Abe Garon

    Early adopters drive the initial success of most tech products. Early adopters have now had an opportunity to test-drive Windows 7, Microsoft's latest operating system. Our survey data reveals good...

  • Report Consumers Are Ready To Embrace Touchscreen Electronics

    February 25, 2009 | Abe Garon, J. P. Gownder

    While touchscreen devices are still an emerging technology and an area open to creative expansion, most consumers have used, seen, or own a product that utilizes a touch interface. The prevalence...

  • Report Selling Packaged Software To Consumers

    Consumer Product Strategists Should Push Software Subscriptions More Aggressively
    October 14, 2008 | J. P. Gownder

    Four out of five US households have a PC, but most consumers spend $50 or less each year on software. Free software bundled with new PCs, as well as free and open source software and Web-based...

  • Report Home-Based Businesses Represent A Great Opportunity For PC-Related Products

    Target HBBs As A Special Subsegment Of The Consumer Market
    July 28, 2008 | J. P. Gownder

    Consumer product strategists in the PC market — PCs, PC peripherals, and software — are missing out on a fertile market opportunity: the home-based business (HBB) segment. Long ignored or treated...

  • Report Benchmark 2008: Putting The Personal Into The PC

    North American Consumer Technographics
    July 23, 2008 | J. P. Gownder

    While personal computer penetration has reached a nearly ubiquitous 86% of US homes, the nature of the PC is changing for consumers. Laptops make up an ever-increasing part of the PC market...

  • Report The Dual-Monitor Product Bundling Opportunity

    Product Strategists Should Create Product Bundles To Target Young, Web 2.0-Savvy Consumers
    July 1, 2008 | J. P. Gownder

    Information workers have employed dual-monitor solutions on their desktops for years. Yet consumer product strategists aren't actively marketing dual-monitor product bundles to consumers. They're...

  • Report Home Servers In The Digital Home

    Windows Home Server Will Accelerate Growth Of A New Product Category
    February 1, 2008 | J. P. Gownder

    Consumers' growing digital assets in the form of music, photos, and video will require backup, management, and streaming. In multiple-PC households, complexity has grown, while backup behavior has...

  • Report The Multi-HDTV Household Opportunity

    Marketing To Every Room In The House Will Raise Sales
    August 3, 2007 | J. P. Gownder

    Most technology marketers spend a great deal of their time wooing the majority of US households that still don't own a high-definition TV (HDTV). This singular focus is a mistake: Selling second,...

  • Report The Age Of Style In Consumer PCs

    Visual Design Takes Center Stage In 2007, Explodes By 2012
    June 25, 2007 | J. P. Gownder

    The consumer PC industry is entering the Age of Style, a time in which radical form factor innovations, increased aesthetic diversity, and consumer choice and personalization will determine which...

  • Report Most US Consumers Won't Pay For In-Home Services

    May 11, 2007 | J. P. Gownder

    Although just 5% of US consumers currently use in-home services (IHS), 27% are interested in using them in the future. Many "intenders" currently plan to spend less than $50 for IHS, so marketers...

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