Re: Windows 10 - so what?
@larryloeb, great point about government policy -- the PC or technology in general, is not going to change government policy. And, many of the benefits of technology should not be artificially created through subsidies as it hurts the open market.
The indirect effects of the PC on the economy are positive and it ties into the gains that are hopped to be gained from processes such as, the new industrial revolution and/or information economy. However, these gains are only realized if a newer version of the technology is applied in areas where it is most needed. For instance, in the 1800s increasing the efficiency of a steam engine would result in higher profitability for coal mines that was positive for the economy but, compound a few efficiency gains of the steam engine and immobile steam engines become mobile, opening up a whole world of locomotive transport that created a higher positive effect in the economy.
In the same way, a newer version of the PC would make spreadsheet work, etc., efficient. However, a newer version of the PC with a Windows such as, Windows 10 that is pushing the boundaries of an OS onto mobile devices, the cloud and IoT device (Raspberry Pi 2) could transform the energy sector, healthcare and/or smart cities, etc.