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Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?


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The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

At the Build Developer Conference earlier this year, Microsoft officially announced plans to return the Start menu to “the next iteration of Windows,” along with a new option to run Metro/Modern-style apps in their own windows on the Windows desktop.

Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson made the announcement at the Build Day 1 keynote on April 2, 2014. You can watch the clip on YouTube below, with Myerson's remarks coming a little more than two hours in to the morning’s proceedings.
Read more at: Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species? | ZDNet


[video=youtube;AmF_izdlsvY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmF_izdlsvY#t=7724[/video]
 

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Tablets and smartphones are a nice portable traveling solution. At home, I still want a desktop or large laptop.
 

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Why do I feel I am always being lectured to by Microsoft?

<yawn>

I am going to cut my afternoon classes
With no intention of rudeness, possibly because you appear to be still at school?

I was familiar with the MS talk.- I did not feel I was being talked down to. Microsoft are trying to please the users who have complained of the two major differences - the start menu and multiple windows. fwiw, there are many such complainers on this site and other forums.
Why not show some cooperation with their attempts to please, instead of cynicism and sarcasm every time they utter a comment. One can understand their apparent secrecy and scarcity of comment, in these circumstances.
 

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Why do I feel I am always being lectured to by Microsoft?

<yawn>

I am going to cut my afternoon classes
With no intention of rudeness, possibly because you appear to be still at school?

I was familiar with the MS talk.- I did not feel I was being talked down to. Microsoft are trying to please the users who have complained of the two major differences - the start menu and multiple windows. fwiw, there are many such complainers on this site and other forums.
Why not show some cooperation with their attempts to please, instead of cynicism and sarcasm every time they utter a comment. One can understand their apparent secrecy and scarcity of comment, in these circumstances.
With no intention of rudeness, possible because they make me feel like I am back in school.

I did not say "talked down to" I said "lectured". I have heard so many "lectures" about the New Start Menu, it is like a broken record. They need to shut-up, simply tells us when it is going to be out and then do it. I think I have shown cooperation with them since they started Windows 8 and now on to 9, what has it been 5+ years from when Ballmer first started his discussions.
 

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I've been in IT for 25 years and if I had a nickel for every time I heard that the "PC is dead", I'd be a wealthy, retired ex-IT guy". If they predict this long enough, they'll eventually be right...
 

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I've been in IT for 25 years and if I had a nickel for every time I heard that the "PC is dead", I'd be a wealthy, retired ex-IT guy". If they predict this long enough, they'll eventually be right...
Exactly. I've been hearing the reports of the death of the PC for decades now. I'll always have a PC, as it's my main work and gaming machine at home. I love my smartphone, and my tablet, but I can't use Dreamweaver on either, so they'll never replace my PC.
 

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Gee! What could I say? Endangered Species? Indeed, not for us old timers.
I built my first PC in ~1980 out of spare parts I scrounged up. That old PC with a 20 meg hard drive and two full height floppy disks, launched me into the computer repair business. The PC I'm on right now, I built in 2005 and I've upgraded it several times since then to keep it running at its MAX capability. Windows 8 and a touch screen just isn't for me. I've tried it and didn't like it at all.
I'm still running XP-Pro-SP3 here.

Cheers Mates!
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"PC is dead" ???

NOPE. Not yet, anyway.
 

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Hi there

Yawn -- Yawn -- we've been through this ad Nauseam.

Tools are Tools - people will use what's best for the job (given half a chance). For some things Mobile / Touch and / or other types of devices we haven't even thought about yet might be appropriate -- for others the Traditional desktop.

Previously (sounds like a re-cap on a TV series !!) you ONLY had the choice of a PC --then came the Laptop with a huge improvement for mobile / flexible workers and now mobile phones, smart TV's and "convertible PC / tablet" devices. New business methods also are devised for using these new tools - often making them much more successful and certainly more convenient for their customers.

Some applications requiring mega amounts of processing / graphics / HDD space etc will still be done in the "Classical" way with conventional gear so it won't disappear --it will become much more niche.

I think Ms has actually got it right - trying to devise a common interface across as many device types as possible --the initial implementation (W8) was totally bonkers -- I mean who ever needed TOUCH tiles on a SERVER for instance !! (W2008 server !!) but W8.1 update 1 is a huge improvement and maybe W9 will finally give us a modern OS to encompass ALL these devices conveniently.

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I have 2 pc's .. and they run 24/7. They just do what they do .. very efficiently and never quit. A smartphone could never do what they do .. and laptops are just a pain. I want a real keyboard.
 

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I have 2 pc's .. and they run 24/7. They just do what they do .. very efficiently and never quit. A smartphone could never do what they do .. and laptops are just a pain. I want a real keyboard.
Hi there

That's what I'm saying - some apps need what you are using others can run quite happily on a mobile device -- as the Brits say "Horses for Courses".

I would never again take a large clunky laptop on to a plane any more though - especially with the tedious security at airports and often expensive fees for storing anything other than "Carry on Luggage"

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