Originally Posted by girugamesh
Windows 7 was the last decent version of Windows as we knew it. It was clearly steering off to a different direction with 8 and 10 was the final nail. 10 Enterprise and LTSC are less bad, but not much. At least it's not literal adware and is slightly less of a spyware.
The PC will never die, but let's face it, it's not the '00s anymore. The "Consumer PC" is kind of dying. The home PC is an appliance like a washing machine now. Power users at home and gamers are an exception, but the average person now will only use a PC at work, of if they have to work on something at home. People are glued to their phones now. Even tablets lost much of their appeal now that 6" screens and larger are normal. They chat on their phones, they watch YouTube on it, waste hours on social networks and even watch series and movies on the damn thing.
Windows will only get worse from here on out. Desktop PCs will get more expensive eventually, since demand is lowering and they are only replaced when they die, they will become a sort of "home workstation". Windows might move to a monthly payment model, or not, it would be quite annoying for average folks, that might push them towards alternatives like Chromebooks and Macs (in the first world).
There will still be Linux though. The Desktop PC might become a nerd hobby again.
its not a hidden agenda, it's quite clear & out in the open.
as to random peripherals. From what I see in the trenches, people will email on phone/tablet, but will willingly retire their tablets for small transformers with obscene battery life via intel i3s. We hand these out like candy at work, n people always end up being identical units for their kids, etc.
still, you aren't going to see an OS go monthly, at least, you won't see that as the soul option. It'll be like as it is now. you can pay MS monthly for their entire suite of products, which includes, but is not limited to an operating system license.
as to the doom and gloom. Yes I know, PC gaming has been dying for as long as I can remember now, n i'm only 32. Yet some how more people than ever are participating in the activity. It's even become a father/son pastime.
form factors, pieces, parts, and software change, but what we do, and how we interface doesn't really change all that often. It'll be at least 3-4 more console generations before PC gaming and Console gaming truly merge into one ecosystem. We're almost there, now that MS is pushing all exclusives to PC via powershell porting. Sony will eventually jump on this train too, they'll just lock us into their garbage launcher like everyone else.
aside from that, we'll be wearing VR headsets, using smaller units, but the best experience (unless you live next to the data center with a direct line) will be physical in-home solutions.