Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:56 UTC
Windows

Although Apple and Google officially sit out the biggest tech trade show of the year, their platforms are well represented by the third parties that create thousands of products for them. This year it feels like Microsoft is simply being left out.

Windows has virtually no presence in the two biggest things to hit computing in a long time, and it's starting to show. Microsoft may not be in trouble - but Windows is.

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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Drumhellar on Fri 10th Jan 2014 04:42 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

My laptop was mid-range (I guess) two years ago, and I still am not feeling any pressure to upgrade.

The PC industry isn't on the decline - it just looks like to so certain doomsayers because of the combination of absolute saturation and even low-end devices are quite good enough for a wide range of tasks.

Seriously - a $400 laptop is powerful enough to use in a garage as the center of a home music studio. It's been years since anything other than games was pushing up system requirements for home users (and even many "prosumers").

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by lemur2 on Fri 10th Jan 2014 06:07 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

It's been years since anything other than games was pushing up system requirements for home users (and even many "prosumers").


Precisely. It is also worth mentioning that a big slice of the gaming market is consoles, and that the gaming market itself is but a small percentage of consumers.

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by dusanyu on Sat 11th Jan 2014 14:29 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
dusanyu Member since:
2006-01-21

Anything made after 2006 for Business grade machinery or 2007 for consumer grade. is plenty fast for even "pro" end users and lets face it Windows 8x is not exactly a motivator to upgrade

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