Defining the Always On, Always Connected PC

The computing world is changing. Users are demanding more from their PC experiences and a rebirth of innovation is starting. While fears of the smartphone and tablet taking over the PC market have waned, the influence these devices have on the expectations from consumers is profound. Windows notebooks already offer performance and form factors that buyers love, but what they are missing is the feeling of being truly mobile.

The future of the notebook PC lies in merging the familiarity of Windows with experiences and capabilities that are unique to smartphones. This should include a renewed emphasis on battery life, targeting days rather than hours of real-world usage. Deep sleep and hibernate states that force portions of the system to be inaccessible for dynamic updating and that slow the ability for the user to interact with PC should be eliminated. Ubiquitous internet access through high speed, Gigabit-class LTE can provide uninterrupted data support without the hassle and reliability concerns of Wi-Fi and comes with a connected standby experience where your data is ready when you need it.

But what can this new category of Always On, Always Connected PCs bring to the consumer? In this paper we attempt to answer just that, and then measure some of the first attempts at building for this new segment of the market.

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