Cellular PCs are a massive failure in the making

by jovan1984


Redmond, Wash. — When one person thinks of cellular, they think of a Windows phone or a small IPad or Android tablet.

When people think of a PC, they think of a MacBook or a Windows desktop product (desktop, laptop, notebook, netbook and/or tablet).

Now, Microsoft wants to make the Cellular PC a thing.

Big mistake.

First, not a single person outside of a handful of cheap frat boys would want anything larger than 6.5 inches with cellular as there will be little to no room to fit the device in the pocket. Sure, you may need a PC with a cellular network in case if the college Wi-Fi has a web filter (looking at you, Denmark Technical College!), but as the situations with AT&T (911 outage), T-Mobile (911 outage) and Verizon (cellular network outage) have all shown in recent months, cellular failures do happen.

Second, T-Mobile is currently the only US carrier that has any new Windows phones released on or after October 28, 2015. And if that’s any indication, there will not be a single US carrier that will commit to carrying a cellular PC. Verizon, the largest carrier as far as subscribers go, has dropped all Windows-related products except the Microsoft Lumia 735. The carrier quietly dropped all of the 2-in-1 Windows tablets, including the Surface 3 and the HP Elite x2. So, if Microsoft is thinking carriers will want cellular PCs, Redmond will be in for the rudest of awakenings.

Third, Windows 10 on ARM is very vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially if the devices use the desktop OS. There is a present day security flaw that will not be fixed for XP or Vista as support for XP ended on April 8, 2014 and all support for Vista – the best desktop operating system of all time – will end in a little more than 24 days: at 23:59 on April 11. This is not the same flaw that Microsoft fixed in November 2014. Windows 10 Mobile as well as Windows 10 Mobile on ARM has a present solitary security flaw involving the camera – that can be fixed by going to Settings, then Devices and Default Camera, in that order, then turning off the option to “Press and hold the camera button to wake up the device and start the camera” and turning on the option to “Prevent accidental camera launch when the device is locked”.

Fourth, people – including those who frequently use sarcasm (looking at someone who calls herself antonia the hun) – are literal when it comes to the definition of mobile. Mobile means handset. The desktop Windows 10 on ARM OS is not made for handsets, and that’s the major issue here. With that said, the looming Composable Shell (called the cshell) is critically important for all future Windows phones, including the hypothetical Surface handset that is due before 2019.

Sure, Microsoft will redefine the modern PC – that is no doubt. However, cellular PCs will be a massive failure in the making as the tech industry at large has started shunning all Microsoft devices. The best course of action for Microsoft to weather the inevitable coming storm is to keep desktop ARM to 6.51 inches and larger and Windows Mobile to 6.5 inches and smaller while using the new CShell for all products.