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Windows 10 PCs, Tablets, Hybrids Take MWC Spotlight

Microsoft partners debuted laptops and hybrids designed for Windows 10 during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
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Mobile World Congress (MWC), held February 22-25 in Barcelona, is one of the major hotspots for mobile product announcements and new tech updates.

Smartphones, of course, make up a big chunk of MWC news. LG is attempting a modular design with its new LG G5 smartphone. Samsung debuted its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which are both premium smartphones but appear to lack the the wow-factor that would sway picky shoppers.

Phones aside, laptops and 2-in-1 devices made plenty of noise during the event. The devices released could bring some life to the struggling PC market, which has declined 10.6% year-over-year, as indicated in research published in January 2016.

[These Windows 10 apps could give your productivity a major boost.]

It has been suggested that Windows 10 could make a positive difference for PC progress. Several of the laptops, tablets, hybrids, and smartphones launched at this year's event have been designed to run Microsoft's new OS, and it'll be interesting to see how consumers and businesses respond.

We've been seeing a slow and steady growth of Windows 10 devices on the market since Microsoft released the OS last summer. They had an especially strong presence at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Acer and Samsung were among the companies launching Windows 10 devices.

Tech giants including Huawei, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Alcatel arrived in Barcelona with computers running Windows 10. All are fairly lightweight and lend themselves to mobile productivity. What's new in laptops and hybrids this year? Let's take a closer look.

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tzubair
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tzubair,
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2/29/2016 | 6:17:54 AM
Windows 10
"Tech giants including Huawei, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Alcatel arrived in Barcelona with computers running Windows 10."


I think it's a great news for Microsoft to have such a good acceptance of Windows 10. This should give the boost that Microsoft has been looking through the new OS. What's needed now is more partners investing in Windows 10 based smart devices so that the share increases and iOS and Android users are converted on Windows. The next growth avenue is the devices so the share has to come from that side. 
progman2000
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2/29/2016 | 7:04:46 AM
Re: Windows 10
It's a lot easier to get acceptance for a new OS when you shove it down the throats of your consumer base through Windows updates. I have already had a number of clients who have unknowingly upgraded and screwed themselves out of legacy apps...
mejiac
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mejiac,
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2/29/2016 | 9:33:08 AM
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@progman2000,

Althought I do agree that the Windows 10 update can easillly sneek in, but you can revert back (granted it's a time consuming task).

I honestly can't blame Microsoft for trying to get everyone onboard. Even thought we well know that for many (if not all companies) have certain legacy apps that do render a type of road block when considering upgrading to a new OS, I do have to state that given so many services being browser based that I think this concern because more of part of that 10 to 20% of the market.

And given the fact that most folks feel very confortable with Smartphones and using web based applications, it's more of a transition than anything else... IMHO
mejiac
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mejiac,
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2/29/2016 | 9:36:06 AM
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"It has been suggested that Windows 10 could make a positive difference for PC progress."

Great article Kelly, and this states a lot, and I agree that Windows 10 is definitly opening up the road for more PC sales, since it's narrowing the gap between Smartphones and PCs.


I love windows 10, have 4 PCs running it using as dedicated HTPC... and I love it, more because that I can run the same apps that I usually use for entertainment, so it's insanly convenient having since everything is in sync.


@tzubair, I agree that the next step would be increasing Mobile Device growth for Microsoft, which they are still struggling to gain sufficient momentum to get on the radar at the consumer level.
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2/29/2016 | 10:14:09 AM
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Really good point, and something to beware of -- very unfair of MSFT overall

>> I have already had a number of clients who have unknowingly upgraded and screwed themselves out of legacy apps...
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2/29/2016 | 4:14:51 PM
Re: Windows 10
In my experience with a Lenovo desktop PC running Windows 7, it wasn't Microsoft shoving the upgrade to Windows 10 down my throat but a constant nagging. Every day, multiple times a day, Microsoft would poke at me to upgrade to Windows 10. Again and again. Non-stop nagging. So I finally gave in. It wasn't too bad since I don't have a lot of legacy apps. I've moved a lot of my workflow to web-based apps/services so upgrading the operating system doesn't affect much of what I do.

Now my Panasonic laptop still runs Windows 7 like a champ and I'll continue using Windows 7 until Microsoft stops providing security patches for it (has Microsoft stopped already?). The reason is because most operating systems get bigger, more bloated, does more things (most of which we don't need/want), and requires faster hardware. My Panasonic's hardware is perfectly matched up with Windows 7 as of now. And if I upgrade to Windows 10 and there are some incompatibilities that force me to upgrade to new hardware... I wouldn't like that. I don't like rough waters; I like smooth sailing.
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2/29/2016 | 4:16:59 PM
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Does Windows 10 have serious hardware compatibility issues? I'm guessing no, since it is mostly pushing stuff towards the cloud, but it's something I hadn't even considered...
jnskm
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2/29/2016 | 4:25:48 PM
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I'll just share my experience with my Panasonic: it originally ran Windows XP. All the custom hardware drivers developed by Panasonic were loaded and were working fine. When I upgraded to Windows 7 there were a couple of missing drivers. I had to go to Panasonic to download them for Windows 7. They generally work well. I did say that my Panasonic laptop is running like a champ in my previous post, but that's only 99% true. The AMD GPU drivers, for reasons unknown (isn't that the case more than we want to acknowledge?) stops working and then restarts. It's not a big problem since I don't lose any work, but it isn't a great experience. Windows 10 is two OS generations after Windows 7, so I don't know for sure that it won't work, but it's highly likely that some driver won't work perfectly.

(What I need from an operating system right now Windows 7 fulfills it well. Windows 10 doesn't provide any benefits to me that I need, so I don't see why I would want to start on the path of searching for graphics drivers, reading forums for solutions, buying new hardware if necessary, etc. I'm guessing there are millions of others who are in the same boat as me.)
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2/29/2016 | 8:19:45 PM
Device reduction

I really like the hybrid devices I am looking forward to the day when I can reduce the number of devices I have and the upgrading that seems endless! Hopefully these new devices with reduce of technology pollution and increase our productivity, I also think the prices are attractive.

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2/29/2016 | 11:05:10 PM
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Its indeed good news for Microsoft, we now see many users having Windows 10 their tablets. Now you could easily do your office work on the go. 
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