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Top 10 devices stories of 2013

It’s been as fast-paced as ever in devices in 2013. As consumerisation opens the workplace door to more weird, wonderful or just plain sensible experiences, the grip of companies like Apple and Intel have become ever looser. Apple, in fact, has taken a particular back seat in terms of genuine device news this year. Tesco, on the other hand, seems to be the people’s darling.

Meanwhile, Google Glass has spent the year hinting at another change of game entirely, interesting new licence deals have been shaking up the desktop market, and an industry boffin  even declared the tablet dead.

Here’s Computing‘s top 10 stories in devices. Please comment below or tweet to @Computing_News if there’s anything you feel we’ve missed.

10. The tablet thing will never catch on, says Nolan Bushnell

Crystallising the ongoing industry debate about the real effectiveness of tablets in the productivity sphere, Atari founder and the “father of the modern video games industry” Nolan Bushnell angrily told Computing that the tablet will never grab more than 30 per cent of the market.

This leaves at least 70 per cent for the good old desktop or laptop which, Bushnell added, “are so far from being dead as for the idea to be ludicrous”.

His views chimed with Computing‘s own research, so perhaps everybody should just calm down about iPads and remember the debt we still owe to the PC.


9. AMD ARM licence points to shake-up of Intel-led PC market

AMD finally became a licensee of microprocessor cores by ARM in May, meaning the possibility of mass production of 64-bit ARM microprocessors.

This spells interesting things for the future of the PC market, which Intel has dominated for decades. Will the vertical approach of Intel, with its devices, marketing and partnerships, win out over ARM’s make-first-license-later business model?


8. Microsoft finally gives up on Windows RT

Just as Computing was considering some kind of window sticker or petition campaign, Microsoft finally listened to us.

Despite most IT directors under the sun telling us that the Surface RT was “a bit of a lemon”, and even Microsoft’s own shareholders suing the company for its cack-handed attempts to sell the device, nobody would ever admit the bottom had dropped out of the ARM-based, neutered Windows experience.

Vague promises of new announcements that in reality were just channel pushes, or attempts to rebrand the Surface RT as a machine better suited to the education sector simply didn’t wash.

Nokia was even alleged to be launching an RT-powered tablet of its own “in September”, which  never appeared.

Finally, at the end of November, newly-minted executive vice president of devices and studios at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green, revealed that RT’s days are numbered when she said that the company is “not going to have three” operating systems in its future business plan. So if it’s a choice between Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows RT… well, you can probably work the rest out yourself…

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