- Microsoft is touting “Always Connected PCs,” a new initiative with its partners for super-thin LTE-enabled laptops with as much as 20 hours of battery life.
- From Microsoft’s perspective, cell service is getting so much better, so much faster, that one day, you might not even want WiFi anymore — making LTE-enabled PCs a key future-looking strategy.
- 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 and 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: 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.
Microsoft calls it the “Always Connected PC,” or “ACPC.”
Terry Myerson, executive VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, likens the rise of the ACPC to the massive upheaval that occurred with the rise of cloud-computing platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
“The network is moving to the cloud, just like storage and compute has,” Myerson told Business Insider at CES.
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 Read More Here