Tech Refresh 2016: Windows 10 and the Windows/Intel Problem

Tech Refresh 2016: Windows 10 and the Windows/Intel Problem

Everyone wants Windows 10 to not suck. Windows 8 hurt every PC vendor on the planet. And out of the gate Microsoft is up to their old dirty tricks with Windows 10. A number of dumb ass moves really make everyone question where their head is at with this whole PC thing. Of note:

  • Using a torrent-like system to share system updates using your wifi-bandwidth to supply others with streaming data.
  • Making users pay for DVD player apps and solitaire for goodness sake.
  • Turning on all kinds of phone-home spy-ware-ish “features.”
  • Scanning for and disabling pirated games. (Big Brother much?)
  • Continuing to push the awful METRO/TILES interface. (Even with touch-screens it’s dated and inefficient.)

Why should we trust Microsoft to do anything in the best interest of the user rather than their pocketbook? Yes, I certainly hope the strikes against Windows 10 continue to be remedied by smart tech writers who give workarounds and quick “how-tos” on dialing back the evil empire on Windows 10. But that’s not the only problem.

There’s a bigger reason why the Windows 10 technology refresh isn’t going to bring the PC manufacturer back from life-support. There have been very few advances in mobile computing CPUs from Intel. Sure the SkyLake processors have been released on the desktop, and with Lenovo’s announcement last week, they are coming, but it is enough to convince you to upgrade your PC?

Are the advantages of Windows 10 big enough to migrate from Windows 7, which works fine? NO.

Are the speed advances in laptop batteries or CPUs great enough to make you consider a new computer? Not yet.

So the biggest things the computer industry counts on (faster processors and updated hardware) to spur on a new way of corporate purchasing are still on hold. Today there is no convincing reason for my company to upgrade my HP i5 running Windows 7. In fact, there are still a lot of compelling reasons for corporations NOT to upgrade. And the slippery features in Windows 10 are part of the problem.

Overall the mobile computing industry has been crushed by Moore’s Law. And the users, actually don’t need faster and faster machines. What everyone needs is a better OS that is stable, simple, and not so aspirational. Windows 8 was a massive miss for Microsoft. And the slow release of faster laptop chips is a big miss for Intel. The two stalls combined have led to a stagnation in PC sales. Globally, sales are down.

Let’s hope the SkyLake/Windows 10 combo hits stride before the holidays when corporations are making their 2016 plans. If there is not a massive technology refresh/upgrade, companies like Dell and Acer are really going to feel the burn. I have faith that things will work out better with Windows 10.

I don’t really have a horse in the race, as I prefer the Mac OS X and my MacBookPro. I’m still waiting for the SkyLake option to be announced. But I only have to use Windows when my job requires it. And for now, Windows 7 works just fine for me and the IT staff that supports my group. I suspect this is going to be the case for most companies heading in to 2016.

@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)


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