re: Microsoft Windows 8 Has No Time To Waste
Another article recently stated that the drop in x86 desktop/laptop PC sales isn't Intel's fault, but it's Intel's problem. Intel's chips (and AMD's, too) are powerful but Microsoft has done little on the PC platform to take advantage of it, and and in the process has looked "lame" compared to tablets and smartphones. Two things need to happen, IMO. Microsoft needs to "give in" and make it's software cost-competitive, ultra-responsive, much easier to use, and it needs to eliminate legacy compatibility that slows it down so it can release new versions quicker. This means supporting Windows 7 and/or Windows 8 long-term but cutting the cord on new versions. The other thing that needs to happen is for Linux vendors to merge or for a larger player to buy several of them and invest the resources necessary to create a low-cost, easy-to-use, consumer-friendly version of Linux that is capable of competing with and beating Microsoft on features, not just price. I would love to see Dell do this, or for HP to create a subsidiary that doesn't use the HP brand but uses HP hardware (like a whitebox-style vendor) and exclusively sells the Linux distribution (also non-HP branded). Google Chrome could go this direction but Google isn't investing enough in it nor is it working closely enough with a software vendor ecosystem like Microsoft does nor is it supporting offline usage enough to make it general-purpose. The funny thing is that tablets are becoming a commodity market and may not generate the long-term returns that the vendors would like, but upmarket PCs could be profitable and innovative if they can solve a few key (mostly software) issues that are holding it back.