Windows 10: Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

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       15 Jul 2014 #1

    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

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  2.    15 Jul 2014 #1

    For those who are still pushing the desktop these are some sweet numbers. . .
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  3.    16 Jul 2014 #2

    Hi there
    Things like the Surface pro 3 and other "convertibles" have given the PC market a new lease of life -- INTEL posted better than expected results too confirming the trend.

    "There's plenty of life in the Old Dog yet".

    Actually I find the Surface Pro 3 far better suited to business than the iPad (apple getting together with IBM to develop business apps). ONE device can cover all I need to do -- and with the docking station and a good external monitor it's just as good (if not better) than a traditional "average spec'd" work laptop or old ancient desktop.

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  4.    16 Jul 2014 #3

    I still like the uncompromising performance of a nice desktop though. But I think that a desktop OS will become a niche product for those of us into content creation (my thing is audio mixing). I actually am starting to anticipate Windows 9 and I'd like to see what it brings.
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  5.    16 Jul 2014 #4

    Have to agree with you on this one Jim. My oldest Son travel a great deal in his work, and just changed to the Surface Pro 3. He says it is far better then carrying around a 17" screen laptop.
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  6.    21 Jul 2014 #5

    Honestly, I don't see myself ever converting fully to laptop/tablets. I'll be that 80 year old still clinging to his desktop 50 years down the road. I don't feel like I can get anything done with a laptop or tablet.
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  7.    31 Jul 2014 #6

    Hi Guys

    I really don't get Microsoft's thinking, there are close to 2 billion PCs in the world.

    Many of them are used by businesses to do Graphic Design, Spread Sheets, Video Editing, and a zillion other things you can't do easily or at all on a pad.

    A large number, (half the people I know) use their computer for gaming.

    What do they think all of those people are going to do?

    In a way it's like they are trying to force people who want a desktop to go to Apple.

    Sure there are going to be a lot of pad computers, I have an iPad myself.
    Because of that I'm fully aware of what you can't do with a pad.

    I'm not exaggerating when I say you can't run Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign or Premiere on a pad style computer that doesn't have a keyboard and mouse, and it's pretty hard to find any pad that would have the power to run any of these anyway.

    The closest would be a new Surface 3 and they cost as much as a much better performing desktop.

    I can't carry my PC around and take picture and video with it, but I can't edit the stuff afterwards without it.

    They just don't serve the same purpose, and they need different operating systems.
    I don't see why they didn't figure that out before Windows 8 was released.

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  8.    05 Aug 2014 #7

    I use my desktop for making maps with Campaign Cartographer and playing Everquest, my laptop just doesn't work well for that.

    But desktop sales are down from things I have read the past 2 years.
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  9.    07 Aug 2014 #8

    Most of the people who stopped buying PC's should probably have never bought one in the 1st place...
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  10.    08 Aug 2014 #9

    Well, you can only buy what is available. No functional starships, so I haven't bought one of those either.
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