Intel's desktop of the future very tablet-ish, tired

Intel's desktop of the future very tablet-ish, tired

Summary: Intel thinks the desktop PC has legs, but the future is going to feature either large portable tablet-like devices or tiny computers that resemble bricks.

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TOPICS: PCs, Hardware, Intel
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Intel's future of the desktop revolves around portable all-in-ones---think big tablets---and mini PCs that look like bricks.

The chip giant billed its wares as the reinvention of desktop computing, but that's a bit of a stretch given some of these form factors are already in the field. Portable desktop computing makes sense, but the big question is whether tech buyers will go for the reinvention.

So far, the reinvention just looks like big oversized tablets lugged around from room to room. On the opposite end of the spectrum are so-called mini-PCs that can fit anywhere.

This week at the Game Developers Conference, Intel gave some meat and potatoes to the enthusiast user---folks that get into overclocked processors and want lots of power. Intel added an unlocked 4th generation Core processor, an 8-core chip and an Anniversary Edition Pentium to the mix. Intel will also bring new Iris graphics with its next-gen Core chips code named Broadwell. For good measure, Intel announced developer partnerships for better multi-touch applications.

It all sounded good, but the fate of these new-fangled desktops still rides with the success of Windows 8, which has been a bit of a hard sell.

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Intel noted in a statement that tiny PCs for boats and all-in-ones highlight how the desktop market has legs. Intel also demonstrated a reference design PC that featured people lugging an all-in-one around the house. There's potential there for similar designs---Lenovo pushes them---but the use cases are a bit limited.

The game plan for Intel is to accelerate all-in-one adoption, grow the tiny PC market and obviously sell more processors along the way.

I was hoping for more vision about the desktop. The recurring theme is that desktops will be mobile too and portable. What's unclear is whether desktops offer any real unique advantages when tablets and laptops hooked up to large monitors and docking stations will do.

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Topics: PCs, Hardware, Intel

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  • Sad to see such desperate thrashing from a former giant

    No one can deny the computer landscape is very different from what it was 10 or 20 years ago. The big guys got lazy and the upstarts made serious penetration into the consumer markets, now the big guys are trying hard to get ahead of the revolution that has left them behind.

    Good night Intel. Good night M$.
    FrankInKy
    • Sad to see such ignorance

      Intel and Microsoft are the core of every IT business and almost every website on the internet. This website probably uses either Intel or Microsoft technology, it certainly uses NOTHING Apple. You post comments a lot, so I am sure it works well for you. Keep posting my friend, I am glad you support Intel and Microsoft. ...and they never sleep.
      Sean Foley
      • Um, actually Microsoft is in a minority position re the web

        And I say that as someone who vastly prefers asp.net/IIS over PHP/Apache. Microsoft does not have the leading position here, that's just a fact.
        Mac_PC_FenceSitter
        • And BTW....

          ZDNet runs Linux/Apache, on top of Amazon's cloud stack.
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
        • Sean Foley did say...

          Intel *or* Microsoft technology, meaning microsoft doesnt have to be there for his statement to be accurate
          Shane Hudson
          • Incorrect!

            Mr Foley said MS 'or' Intel with regard to this website. He opened by saying Intel 'and' MS are the core of almost every business and website. MPF was correct to call BS on that statement....
            The Central Scrutinizer
          • Continuing the semantic nit-pick...

            "Intel and MS are the core of almost every business and website" could be interpreted as: one of them is the core of business (MS) and one of them is the core of web hosting (Intel).
            dh1760
          • BS

            @dh1760

            ""Intel and MS are the core of almost every business and website" could be interpreted as: one of them is the core of business (MS) and one of them is the core of web hosting (Intel)."

            Only by someone totally illiterate or grasping at straws.
            Henry 3 Dogg
        • Um, I am correct

          Microsoft's market share is only 5.4 percentage points lower than Apache's. If recent trends continue, Microsoft could overtake Apache within the next few months given how quickly Azure is growing. The majority of Apache's servers use Intel processors.

          "Intel and Microsoft are the core of every IT business and almost every website on the internet." < including ZDNet >
          Sean Foley
          • If ZDNet doesn't use M$

            then how is M$ at the core of ZDNet?
            FrankInKy
          • It may not

            However it uses Intel server processors. Your posting so much they are probably going to need more Intel servers. Intel says thanks, and they are not sleeping.
            Sean Foley
          • Calm down Sean

            Here, take a cookie. I promise, by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain.
            FrankInKy
          • Thanks my friend

            but I don't eat cookie's I eat Apple's :)
            Sean Foley
          • Uh, Sean

            You do know there is a difference between Apples (plural) and Apple's (singular possessive) don't you?
            FrankInKy
          • Let it go Frank...

            If you cannot win the argument, tear down your opponent..... is that it? You lost credibility.
            robradina9
          • I didn't realize I was being so brutally harsh

            Expecting someone to know 3rd grade grammer, wow, what was I thinking.

            LMAO
            FrankInKy
          • Spelling

            Grammar uses an "a", not an "e".
            David Stringfellow
          • Ouch

            That stings, when you're right you're right
            FrankInKy
          • Oops!

            Pride does come before the fall.
            Alienwilly
          • No - it uses Amazon's cloud

            Amazon uses AMD processors. Btw, Amazon's IaaS presence, as of last quarter, had 5x the number of running VMs as the next 14 IaaS clouds _combined_ (and that includes Azure).

            And I went through the actual URLs accessed by loading this page, and under the covers not even one is IIS (though a couple are proxies, nginx mostly, that _could_ be fronting IIS - but almost certainly aren't).

            Not sure even your amazingly weak MS .or. Intel claim is true.
            daboochmeister