While Microsoft is sleeping we are witnessing the future of desktop computers. Mark my works.
Pretty much but they're not entirely sleeping. Remember Windows 8 has a version to work on ARM devices. Microsoft might be stupid but I would seriously hope they're not that stupid. Hell Intel realizes it as well. They know that if consumers are buying up smartphones and tablets that that is a market they are losing a piece of the pie on.
I see this as the future of the desktop for the average consumer. Think of this little credit card sized pcs as hubs for all your other peripherals that you have. Plug in your monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. if you want to. You even have things like that Atrix Lapdock that you can plug a pc on a stick into. Who's to say at some point someone doesn't make a tablet screen with battery included but without the cpu guts inside it and instead you slap on your own credit card sized cpu/gpu. Think of Lapdock except in tablet form.
Sure is going to be interesting in how this all plays out and what companies are going to end up as winners and losers. Also will be interesting in seeing just how often consumers will even feel the need to upgrade. Remember if the average customer is just using a pc for watching videos online, doing email, light gaming, and surfing the internet then at some point soon even these small tablet quad core chips are going to end up as overkill just like their older desktop brothers sitting in those customers homes.
My immediate thought for something like this was a pfSense firewall/router - support for something like that (an additional ethernet ports, and gigabit ethernet) would be awesome for something like this...
the "future of desktop computers" is an android based product...
I think he meant ultra low powered fast ARM processors and I agree.....they keep ramping up the speed as time goes on. Look at the S4 pro and the Exynos 5.
Not sure Microsoft is sleeping either with thier Windows RT.
You're forgetting the ability to upgrade. Once you have something like a droid on a stick htpc you're stuck with whatever specs that has. If it's too slow or outdated it basically becomes useless. Also the fact that you have to add a 3TB external drive around just makes the system bigger overall. The more crap you have to keep plugging into an android on a stick then the more you start to question why you didn't just build something micro ATX or mini ITX. There's no doubt that this is the future as Intel has even started releasing small all in one Ivy Bridge solutions. Only problem is their cost $400 is way too rapetastic. But it shows that they acknowledge that they have to get in on the small tablet/pc market or else ARM is going to blow them away.
He also expects companies to start selling PC packages for living rooms next year—setups that could consist of computers designed to be hooked up to your TV and run Steam right out of the gate. And yes, Newell said, they'd compete with next-gen consoles from companies like Microsoft and Sony.
ARM just lost the race to the living room to low powered x86.
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