Rather than just being another cog in Wintel’s wheel, Lenovo is thinking for itself and diversifying, giving customers what they want.“Regarding tablets, we will cooperate with more solution vendors to embed more application software such as meal ordering systems into our tablets. We aim to roll out models catering for restaurant, hospital, financial, insurance and manufacturing applications.” This is another demonstration of what was wrong with M$’s monopoly. Forcing OEMs to deliver a standard product was good for M$ but harmed everyone else. Now OEMs are adjusting product mixes by region and customer so the joy is spread up and down the supply-chain. So much for “fragmentation” being bad…
ACER, for instance, is even diversifying ChromeBooks, cranking out small, medium and large sizes.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm is rumoured to be shipping a 14nm, 8-cored, LPDDR4 RAMed monster “for mobiles”, and other processors with clocks in the 2-2.5gHz range, in late 2015. If you don’t think desktops/notebooks/tablets/smartphones will all shine with such power, you are living in a deep hole. OEMs will find a way to integrate ARM into every aspect of IT. We are no longer living in a time when */Linux or ARM were just “barely good enough”. They are perfect for many purposes. Consumers want them. OEMs will supply them. Shipped by the millions, these new solutions will cost much less than Wintel’s monopolistic prices.
In the heyday of the Wintel empire, it was hard to buy any PC with GNU/Linux and they even cost more than PCs with M$’s tax. Now */Linux is competing on a much more level playing field because many customers want an OS, not slavery to M$, and they use web-applications so there’s no longer a dependence on M$’s “Independent” Software Vendors. This is good news for everyone except M$ who will now have to work for a living.