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  • ‘Always Connected PC’ – Windows 10 on ARM – talking points

    Posted on December 5th, 2017 at 14:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The big Qualcomm presentation in Hawaii is over and there’s likely to be a zillion opinion pieces appearing in the next few hours. Coverage at the keynote wasn’t very good — both phone and WiFi coverage apparently sucked — but at least the internet feed went well (give or take the Chinese translation).

    You’re going to hear a lot about new Windows PCs that run a full day without charging, while at the same time supporting the full Windows ecosystem — x86 compatibility. I have no doubt that PC makers will be able to meet the battery spec, sooner or later. At the same time, I’m very skeptical about the ability to emulate Windows on Snapdragon chips. Or any non-Intel/AMD chips, for that matter.

    “Always Connected PC” doesn’t excite me all that much. If I need something that’s on more-or-less immediately, I grab my phone.

    Microsoft has a sales pitch for the Always Connected Faithful, just posted on the Windows blog. I could pick the post apart, but you’ll have more fun without a spoiler. Just ask yourself how Microsoft measures “lower costs.”

    Don’t get me wrong. The innovations from Snapdragon are indisputable. The intent of Always Connected PCs is tremendous. Inevitable, actually.

    That said, Win 10 S (which apparently ships on the new Always on PCs) still leaves me cold. The promised ability to upgrade Win10 S to “real” Windows is a compelling feature — if the emulated “real” version of Win10 works, without bringing the PC to its knees, or completely clobbering battery life.

    Time will tell.