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Leverage Microsoft's eSIM-Enabled Always Connected PC and Universal Windows Platform Initiatives to Reinvigorate PC Sales

Published: 22 August 2017

ID: G00319814

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng, Tracy Tsai, Amy Teng

Summary

The PC industry has plateaued, but a new strategy based on Microsoft's eSIM-enabled Always Connected PC and UWP will enable hardware technology providers to grow their business. Technology strategic planners must adopt technologies and calculate the ROI to benefit from this complex opportunity.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The ubiquitousness of eSIM-enabled devices and UWP apps will lead to hardware becoming a differentiator again
  • Smartphonelike mobility features will be used in Always Connected PCs, which will provide a seamless working experience across different hardware devices
  • Microsoft's eSIM-based Always Connected PCs will give PC vendors the opportunity to maximize the ROI of PC development through multiple form factors

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