Imagine this scenario -- You want to sell a house
Windows 7 -- scenario :
1) Realtor or "Estate Agent" visits property -- takes picture with small camera / smart phone.
2) Goes Back to office
3) Fires up PC
4) copies photos to PC and prepares sales document
5) too late for submission in local property press etc so sale data goes out a week later.
Windows 8 + tablet scenario.
1) Realtor or "Estate Agent" visits property -- takes picture with camera embedded in tablet.
2) prepares sales doc directly on tablet and sends to local press etc.
3) Updates directly the website as well -- getting property to market immediately even before the agent has LEFT the premisies.
I can think of lots of new scenarios like this -- the DESKTOP isn't always the best tool for the job these days - a fact an awful lot of people seem to be oblivious to. DESKTOPS are essentially DYING and will continue to do so -- OK there are some static businesses who will quite happily chug on with XP / W7 on desktop type applications but these ARE DIMINISHING.
I have no idea what computer hardware I'll be using in 6 years time -- if any --assuming I'm still alive by then -- but I'm sure it will be quite different to what I'm using now.
Even my Mobile phone plays decent HD video on a large TV monitor at BETTER resolution than my old clunky desktop.
Using one of these adapters really makes carrying around a laptop even more unnecessary a lot of the time -- all a smart phone needs now is to be able to DOCK it with a keyboard / mouse and it will probably perform as good as a typical laptop.
Here's a pic of the the phone Micro USB / NHL==>HDMI adapter -- costs around 7 USD. !! Works a treat --full HD resolution no prob on a decent TV and on a 32 GB Micro SD card you can store a load of DVD ISO's if you want and play them with whatever app you like.
With a W8 phone this type of approach will surely see us soon into being able to run full blown Windows from your mobile with a docking station and large monitor with a performance that just BLOWS away current older desktops -- especially with the newer QUAD phone cpu's out there.
Finally I've actually made THIS reply as a test using a Bluetooth folding keyboard from my Smart phone logged on while drinking a Scotch in one of my favourite Bars in Brussels using their Wifi to connect. I'm just having a 3-day NO PC test to see if I can actually work like this and see if it's possible or totally impracticable. --- So far I've found it surprisingly easy. !! (No mouse yet - but you soon get to learn keyboard short cuts pretty easily -- and I'm sure a Mouse device will be available soon somewhere). Touch works great though.
Small devices have an appeal. I think it quite likely as the tech improves and small devices become more capable - more people will be able to do what they want using them.
Nothing new or surprising about that.
Full size desktop machines became less common as laptops improved to the point where many could do what they want just using a laptop.
If those capabilities are available on smaller, lighter devices - then they are likely to become more popular. Unless the cost is prohibitive, of course.
Doesn't take a genius to figure that out.
STEAM -- 99.999% of us have either never HEARD of it, have NEVER USED IT or don't give a flying Monkey's [your imagination here] about it so that statistic (unfortunately like so many others flying around at the moment) is about as valid as saying the consumption of Scotch in Riyadh (S.Arabia) has declined to around 0.009% of the city's resident population so Scotch is falling in popularity -- which it actually isn't.
Most W8 users aren't STEAM users so that article can be forgotten in any real discussion of W8 usage by "Joe Public".
I think when I retire (not long now) I'll give some courses in Statistics -- I think I'll make a FORTUNE. !!
Yes, it is small.
But it is not zero.
It will inspire steam to continue and improve what they are offering to Linux users. It may convince others it is worth doing the same.
If phones come out with ubuntu - the uptake maybe enormous, or it may be modest, and so on - it all adds up.
MS will be concerned to lose even one per cent of users.
The phones are run by Android or Apple. And these guys are not going to sit on their hands either. Plus they have superb apps libraries that Windows is missing.
It will be an uphill battle for windows to get into the phone business. Maybe their joint venture with Nokia will help. Nokia was extremely popular outside the US, especially in Asia.