How advanced technologies will shape tomorrow's PCs
The future of computing will change dramatically as new developments in technology arise. PC Advisor discovers the impact these changes will have on computing at home, work and on the move.
Battles to watch
Which companies are going head-to-head?
AMD vs Intel: Although Intel currently has the performance edge with its Core 2 Duo and Quad processors, AMD will soon release its own quad-core Phenom chips. Expect things to heat up in a big way with the release of consumer graphics-integrated CPUs in 2009.
DRM vs unrestricted access: Will widespread user outrage prompt entertainment firms to come up with a sensible copy-protection scheme, or will corporations trample fair-use rights with pay-per-play media services? We're putting our money on a compromise between the two, as some labels have already begun offering digital rights management-free music in response to demand for flexible formats.
Windows vs Mac vs Linux: IDC estimates Apple's market share at roughly 5 percent, while Linux is gaining popularity around the world, particularly with governments and educational institutions. Most estimates still peg Linux desktop users at around 1 percent of the market, but the numbers appear to be climbing.
Microsoft vs Google: Microsoft's dominance in the office-software arena is facing new threats from the likes of Google, which offers its own productivity suite - Google Docs - online. While Docs has yet to make significant inroads against Office, Microsoft's efforts to beat Google at its own game with Live.com Live.com have yet to bear fruit. CEO Steve Ballmer's announcement that it will shift to a "web-enabled desktop" suggests Microsoft takes Google's threat seriously.
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