Great article, and I sincerely hope OEMs decide to start building names for themselves as innovators.
Some very interesting points, I am looking to purchase the pro surface and the phone myself. I've played around with windows 8 and I can see and understand what they are trying to do. Even testing on a 4 year old dell optiplex 755 its still runs very well, switching form screen to screen is very fluid.
As for bloatware its so true, every dell I've purchased for our company was formatted simply because there was so much crap on it. Since running a clean install of windows they run fantastic, been running windows 7 since release and never have problems, they where running Vista before and I think I still have 1 or 2 vista pc left which is still running without problems. Bottom line is first thing I do when i purchase a new computer form a vendor is format and install a clean windows installation.
Just a added note on the format and clean installing... Everyone should remember to make a backup first as most systems don't come with a recovery disc anymore and the recovery partition isn't that reliable.
Even if you intend to wipe the system and put a different OS it's usually a good idea to keep a backup.
Bullcrap. Ignorant self-proclaimed "pundits" have been trumpeting the death of the desktop PC ever since the iPad surfaced (pun intended). Microsoft's tablet isn't going to do what Apple couldn't do, because it's still totally useless for serious work on an 8-hour/day basis.
The MS Surface will no more kill PC OEMs than the iPad did. Period.
You might want to actually read the article before reacting to it because it does not argue the end of desktop PC's but the reason why MS had to put forth its own hardware as a wake up call to those other companies that continue to not innovate, continue to lower quality, and allow more and more waste.
Interesting article, but i would argue most computer manufacturers don't manufacture anything, not do they engage in any research and development other than cosmetic design. Foxconn does most of their manufacturing, using off the shelf or Foxconn components. I switched to HP years ago when DELL laptops literly started falling apart on desks, and they had no solution other than keep calling them to have send someone to pur them back togather. That may be fine if you buy new computers before the warrenty runs out, but is a major disruption and shows they really could care less about Quality. I stopped using HP because I discovered they switched to Foxconn and are attempting to compete with Apple and i had to explain what service means to their tech support. When I purchased a high end business laptop and received a piece of junk with partially non-functional keyboard, 3 of 4 USB ports so far out of spec they cannot maintain a connection as well as other issues and they asked me to mail my computer in to be returned in 2 weeks. When I explained I have a next business day on site service warrenty, they said, there was no way they could fix it that quickly. To which I replied, it's your warrenty, fix it tomorrow or send a new machine that works. This is a far cry from just 2 years earlier when they offered to send a new computer to replace one with issues they could not diagnose over the phone. Unfortunately, almost everyone uses Foxconn. The only real distinction now is service and Apple has that hands down, but you pay a hefty premium for it. It is hard to do better than taking your device into their store where they hand you a new one, no questions asked.
The surface looks like a nice toy for social networking, which seems to be the focus of Windows 8 and windows phone..... The PC is driven by business use, not social networking. It would be for more interesting to see these morons who make predictions for a living actually analyze their accuracy or lack there of, I suspect they would do better flipping a coin, at least they had a chance at 50%, because they are rarely correct at predicting anything, even when they predict it to go both ways.
i have to add here, I also love the push to server based apps, not really. i work for a company who has invested heavily in server based apps and virtualization. The unfortunate thing I haven't heard the proponents discuss is the network overhead required, as well ad the lack of reliability of the internet itself. Sure you can save some money short term, but lost productivity and unexpected infrastructure improvements which don't fix the problem make a lot of these things unreliabale at best, and on average very costly initiatives which just don't come close to working as promised.
nice writing !
If Paul Thurrot is correct (and he is usually right about MS stuff, since he has tons of contacts in there), the "Surface demo" was just a prototype. There are none in production, and those who claim to have used the device may have been playing with a prototype, at best.
Until I see these in stores and I can actually take a look, I won't hold my breath. MS has had BS press conferences before. Does anyone remember the "Longhorn" fiasco, with the fancy UI and great usability? Yeah, and "Vista" turned out to be a great OS, didn't it? LOL
are these manufacturers stuck on ms-windows oem? can't they start doing Linux OEM as some of them did 4 years ago on some netbooks? what are they waiting for kicking Microsoft out?
Decrapifier is an awesome application to remove crap bloatware installed on OEM machines!
That being said though the quality of manufacturer made desktops and laptops on everything but mostly the high end has been sub-par from what I've seen...
That's why I encourage the DIY route for desktops of Maingear and boutique builders for laptops of any kind
There are some who do offer Linux pre-installed but there's a couple a reason why most don't.
Linux is mainly only dominant in the Server and embedded markets, where it's strengths give it a clear edge, but have never managed to get more than about 6% of the desktop user base. So anyone offering linux would be dealing with a much smaller market. This is further compounded by what distro they would have to choose would further limit that user base because linux users are divided upon literally hundreds of different distros.
Add then that the linux kernel is constantly evolving means they have to support version changes more often than they would with Windows, which can be compounded by breaks in API that could cause some apps to stop working or to act buggy until the linux community can address it or the company has to invest into solving the problem themselves but that'll cut into their profits and not all companies can afford to do so.
Mind this is one of the reasons why Red Hat is justified to actually charge for their services.
While lots of hardware has to deal with closed drivers, which Linux won't support, or drivers that don't come out until a long time after the new hardware is released. Meaning it's much harder to support the latest hardware with Linux than Windows.
Never mind the other market factors like Linux has a much tougher time supporting DRM than Windows that limits number of services and companies that would support Linux.
Meanwhile, Windows continues to be used on over 85% of all PC's and even on just new systems still represent about 40%. So is a much more appealing market for system makers to cater to for getting the largest number of potential costumers.
Though proponents of Linux aren't giving up, Linux has improved for usability considerably in the last couple of years. While they are trying new tactics like the re-merger of the Android Kernel with Linux Kernel 3.3 and onward means it's possible to configure a desktop Linux distro to work on top of a Android installation, which will likely be used for a desktop mode switch when a Android device is docked for example.
So give it a bit more time and you may see at least some alternatives you may prefer but note not everyone who prefers linux likes the idea because Android is less secure and Google doesn't adhere to open source all the time.
Though some are going the opposite route and considering making Linux work with Windows 8. Fedora and Red Hat for example have expressed they will likely pay the fee needed to get the license key so they can run on Windows 8/RT systems without needing to disable the secure boot feature... So the situation continues to evolve...
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