Mozilla CEO Chris Beard wrote an interesting blog post in response to Microsoft adopting Chromium as the engine for their Edge browser. He makes the point that reducing the number of stakeholders among browser makes gives Google an even bigger influence with web standards bodies.
Windows 10 S has a chance to combat the surge of Chromebooks. Education is a market Microsoft understands, and it’s clear this release is almost exclusively catering to its needs. In a lot of ways the OS is a result of the lessons they learned with Windows RT. They kept with a x86 platform for technical compatibility, and gave users a way to use legacy apps, albeit with a paid upgrade. But if deployed too widely, where users chafe at the constraints inherent in the OS, it may become know as Windows 10 Minus.
It’s obvious by now that even though Apple is the most profitable PC maker, they have little interest in competing in a yearly refresh cycle. This is especially true on the desktop front, where the company hasn’t released a product refresh on any of their lines for over 400 days. Even when they do, they often iterate on timeworn designs, with their most radical redesign being the trashcan-inspired Mac Pro in 2013. So whenever Apple doesn’t simply bump processor and memory specifications, it’s notable. Enter the 2016 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.