Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC, submitted by Uncle Fester
Hardware, Embedded Systems The head of PC maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has hit out at Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, saying that the 'entire industry' was disappointed by it. Few buyers have purchased new PCs specifically for Vista, Acer's chief says "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales, he said. "And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Mr Lanci said. "I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."
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by TBPrince on Wed 25th Jul 2007 11:42 UTC
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Hardware industry is disappointed and I can understand them. Since Windows 3.1, each Windows release made them sell a lot of newer machines since Windows was both able to match increased hardware capabilities and obiouvsly required more horse power for newer features. That's why hardware makers have been in love with Windows since the beginning: it was a driving force to sell more PCs and it was a good reason to upgrade or replace existing ones.

Vista is a fine-tuning for Microsoft OS concept. So the switch won't be easy nor quick. However, it's not Microsoft's fault and Lanci is of course defending its side. The real problem is PC market stalled regarding innovation. If you look at what happened since last few years, nothing much happened about hardware. They switch from super-quicky single core machines to multi-core ones was mostly a tuning (required by industry to save energy, not to increase performance). HDD became slightly larger, slightly faster. Video cards have more memory onboard and they improved their performance and capabilities and that's the field where most improvements happen today but they're improvements, nothing revolutionary. Other slight improvements could happen in Flash technology replacing HDDs but again, that's nothing revolutionary.

So where are those innovative features Vista should support? Vista tuned in most of real improvements HW industry made (better video cards support, better audio support, optimization for multi-core CPUs, wide use of Flash technology and so on) but there's nothing so special which could force people to replace their 2-3-4 years old PCs.

The driving force was gaming but many games developers are still not able to benefit from multi-core capabilities so this won't be a push for a while. Many everyday tasks are switching from your home PC to your mobile phone or pocket PC and that's where major growth will happen.

So I'd tell Mr Lanci: bring to the market something cool and software will support it. There's a limited innovation software could drive without hardware assistance.

As for me, I think some good innovation could happen in UIs field if touch-screens get more cheaper and widespread. Microsoft has pioneered both TabletPC and touch-screens markets but as Apple showed, there's not much you could do about an OS if other software won't be "touch" enabled. And software makers won't invest in touch technology until hardware makers will be able to push that technology for a price cheap enough to ensure widespread adoption.

Mr Lanci could innovate instead to hope Microsoft will make him sell more PCs...

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