Originally Posted by elreyhorus
Haswell is to Intel as Windows 8 is to Microsoft.
This half-baked attempt to unify mobile and desktop computing under one banner inevitably leads to power users and enthusiasts being left in the cold.
The greatest strength of computing, flexibility, comes through specialization and customization to fit each niche or specific application.
Tablets/Smartphone/Phablets will never completely replace traditional desktops, yet Microsoft and Intel doesn't get it. Just because typical consumers do not purchase desktops anymore doesn't mean they should give up the start menu, mouse & keyboard, higher clock speeds, substantial (not token) IPC gains, etc.
Forced convergence is not the answer and one size does not fit all
The two are related. MS doesn't have enough people with powerful hardware to add large amounts of features to Windows, because if they do it'll be "bloat." So, instead, they try and reach a new market.
Intel then turns around and says, "no one needs this much power anymore!" and then they don't release chips.
I think a lot of this "these CPUs are fast enough!" mentality is like saying 640k is enough. Yeah, it was at the time, but software will use additional hardware if enough people have it.
Ask yourself what you think Windows 8 would look like if Intel quads were priced like i3s, hexes were priced like i5s, and 8 cores were at 3930k price levels. My guess is that we'd be seeing some sort of fancy new 3d GUI with cool features (like a modern Linux distro), DirectX coming up with some sort of solution to use all those cores through an easy to use API, etc.
It's a real shame, it feels like they're both conspiring against enthusiasts. I feel like they look at how big Apple has become by selling consumerist crap instead of developing world class processors and the most popular operating system (hate it or not) of all time, so they're trying to emulate Apple.
It's a shame really, because MS and Intel are going to alienate the hardcore geeks and enthusiasts, and they've always been the ones there to recommend those products to other people.
But to say we have enough performance now is crazy. The software just simply isn't there yet. I could take a Pentium 4, run DOS, and then go "look, this P4 is so strong that we don't need anything better!", but I'm pretty sure I"m not alone in thinking that I enjoy a modern OS and the software that we run now as opposed to just having a fast, ancient OS running programs in 640k of ram.
And it's never going to be there, Intel wants to sell cheap, disposable crap that no one can upgrade to be like Apple, and Microsoft wants to have the big OS that's competing with iOS. AMD is just as guilty, but at least it seems like they're not giving up on enthusiasts.