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    Windows 8: Fragmentation of the hardware ecosystem is inevitable


    Windows 8: Fragmentation of the hardware ecosystem is inevitable


    By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    April 19, 2012, 10:41am PDT


    Summary: When it comes to the differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT, it’s going to take more than a sticker to educate users.


    With about six months to go until Windows 8 is available, OEMs are beginning to offer us a glimpse at the hardware they plan to use to tempt our wallets and purses open.


    We’re already starting to see some interesting ideas and innovative hardware designs for categories of products that didn’t exist a few months ago. It’s becoming clear is that Microsoft’s next operating system will result in significant fragmentation of the consumer hardware platform, and on a scale that we’ve never seen before.


    Windows 8 will fragment the consumer hardware platform into four distinct categories, three of which will be new to the majority of consumers.
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    I don't think fragmentation of hardware is the appropriate word. Innovation might be one. Software fragmentation is one thing, but hardware is something else.
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    Agree, when I read the article, it is apparent he is referring to the splitting up of eventual computer usage, which is being discussed widely on windows 8 forums. - Stationaries - laptops - touchpad use etc. Bad choice of title. Mind you, I had the same irritation when the misuse of the word, "ecosystems", crept into the computer industry.
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    Keeping my past prejudices aside about what MS is doing with their Windows 8/RT approach, it seems like the industry is adjusting at last minute with bad ideas just to keep pace with MS's bad ideas:

    "We’re already starting to see some interesting ideas and innovative hardware designs"

    Just looking at the pictures and videos stills found on the link, my opening sentence sprung to mind without any conscious thought put to it. It's one company creating a gimmick nonsense followed by others helping them to achieve it. (Here, put out your index finger and poke this screen like a toddler! Yes, that shape is a rectangle!)

    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I had the same irritation when the misuse of the word, "ecosystems", crept into the computer industry.
    Agreed Dave. This is computing. Not some living, breathing entity. Gimme a break.
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    You could say the writer was being a little biosed but was conveying the changes 8 will see brought about and which many will be dismayed by. The focus by MS as well as the OEM manufacturers will prove to be a move away from the traditional desktop into diversity!

    As far as the word ecosystems you will note that is also used in the video clip at the link there. You'll need to listen closely however to pick up on it since the promotional clip is a one minute fast mover
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    Yeas, I did catch it. It was brought out the remark in my post. He added to my chagrine by saying "the entire ecosystem" He would have been partly forgiven if the had said, the entire computer eco system or, better, the entire, so-called, ecosystem.
    But anyway, it's just forum chat -lol.
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    Windows based slates have been around for several years, and not so popular, the new tablets like ipad and the various Android versions have changed the hardware 'ecosystem' (agree, bad choice of words) with lower ability/powered CPUs and other components. Supposedly to be able to offer them at a lower cost, which I haven't seen yet.

    When these Arm devices started to take off it was only a matter of time before MS would join in, so I don't see how the article can blame MS for that.

    There is a large percentage of the computer using populace that really doesn't need a high powered laptop or desktop, they just check email, surf, watch a video/movie, and write the occasional letter. Even the lower end laptop/desktop CPUs are wasted on these users. It is inevitable that lower powered/functioning devices will become available for them.
    The problem I have is the cost/hardware comparison between low end laptop/desktop and tablets. For the same price, or sometimes less, you can get a much more powerful laptop/desktop.
    The average user doesn't know or care, it all comes down to what is popular.

    The worst thing that will come out of this is that the power user and up will end up paying more for their components due to the economy of scale and the average user will pay more for a lower hardware level tablets due to inflated sticker prices.
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    Anything with the "IP___" at the front of it will be HIGH PRICED at any time! The smart phones catch the higher tags by having more buttons to push on their qwerty keyboards as well as other functions over the various makes and models of your typical cell phone. Of course then you are dealing with an OS as well.

    What you actually end up with there is best known as "Paying for the Convenience". And people will pay out for that! With texting for example a popular trend manufacturers are sure to have hugh profit gains.
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    It will probably result in companies "going to the wall".

    Instead of just producing desktops and laptops, they will now start producing multiple different devices, which will probably have little commonality in components.
    This will slash their profit margins.
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    Fpr the retailers in the US they will simply become the profit houses when the influx of all these new devices is imported! These days when walking into a Walmart or Best Buy what do you find in the Consumer Electronics section?

    Barely a few keyboards and mice along with a video card or hard drive or two while the displays are all focused on flat screen tvs and hand helds! The hand held devices also see tons of accessories filling the aisles!

    MS apparently was a little late with their Windows RT however when going to jump in on the band wagon for ARM it seems. Did Microsoft run out of time with Windows RT? - Computerworld
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