Microsoft has a master plan to change the world with super thin & light PCs
Microsoft is working on “Always Connected PCs”. ACPCs, a new initiative with its partners for super-thin LTE-enabled laptops with as much as 20 hours of battery life. Many of these Always Connected PCs are running ARM chips, not the Intel processors that have historically powered Windows.
Microsoft thinks the combination of Windows software with a tablet-like battery life. Its connectivity is a big deal in the fight with Apple and its iPad Pro. When Microsoft released a new version of the surface pro with an LTE cellular modem late last year. It seemed like a routine, if much-anticipated, upgrade to Microsoft’s flagship PC.
But at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year. Microsoft executives tell me that the Surface Pro with LTE is actually the first step towards a new future for the PC Its a future where laptops have 20-hour batteries, and where you don’t need a WiFi connection to get online – no matter where you are.
In other words, Myerson suggests cellular speeds are getting faster and faster, to the point where for many people. They could be faster than the WiFi connections in their homes or offices. At that point, Myerson suggests, it might not even make sense to bother with WiFi at all – especially since so much of the world is covered by the cellular signal.
Surface Pro with LTE
Microsoft General Manager Erin Chapple tells us that her team has done a lot of hard technical work to make sure that this time is different. Some ACPCs are powered by Intel processors, and some, like Lenovo’s, run ARM-based chips.
But the company has figured out a way that even ARM processors can run any Windows program, even ones that were written with Intel in mind. This means that ACPC users will have access to the whole gamut of Windows software, past and present.