I imagine eventually there won't be desktops/laptops anymore
Maybe true, but not in our lifetime. many ultra small desktop PC's are being pushed now (not much larger than a cable modem), and surprisingly, many are pleased with the performance of these. Many whom uses these are replacing huge, space hogging Media Center desktops with this type. Some of these unites ships as "barebone", meaning that RAM and a good fast SSD (this has now replaced RAM as the best "bang for the buck" performance option), as well as an OS will be needed. Others may ship complete, but may need upgrading of both RAM & SSD for better performance, so if I had to choose between the two, would go with an Intel based barebone kit. Some includes an i5 or i7 CPU & can accommodate up to 16GB of DDR3 1600 RAM.
Somewhere down the road, hybrids, a combination of the best features of both notebooks & tablets will take over, as Microsoft has clearly lost the tablet war, though it's their own fault. They had XP powered tablets on the mid 2000's (around 2005/06), and threw in the towel, like other projects, feeling it was a fad that would go away. It's my guess that the one(s) whom made the final say in that matter are no longer at Microsoft, because this was a costly decision. They not only had the tablet first, also the phone, and in both cases gave up too fast.
Lesson learned, not all projects are instant smash hits. The reason why I knew there were XP tablets was because during our home sale on 2006, as well as many medical visits during this time, I seen several XP powered tablets, though they were bulky then, one ones using then seemed to be pleased. Another clue that it was there is in the Control Panel option (or Services.msc) "Turn Windows Features on or off" that has an adjustment for tablet features. This was in 2009, a year or so yet before the tablet craze of today.
May have been in Vista's services also, but at the current time, do not have a Vista install to verify. Don't see the option on the 64 bit version of XP that I keep as a test bed.
Microsoft is even offering the sign in option on the MSN page on Windows 7 & below OS's, though I don't see the purpose, other than their Bing Rewards program, which really means nothing to me. I don't want Microsoft to know details of any of my purchases, which is why I conduct transactions on Linux Mint, period. The only things I use Windows for are general Web browsing, which includes forum participation, and sometimes will check my email, though on my most important account, I'll not open on a Windows OS. Nor the one that I use for registering for free software (Yahoo). There has been countless infections since my arrival here where Yahoo was the common denominator (though many of these also ran XP), and will not expose myself to drive by attacks just by logging into my email account.
Windows 10 will offer many of the already implemented actions of Windows 8 & 8.1, continue to force partner OEM's to install Secure Boot on consumer's computers, and probably offer more ARM type of devices will appear, which is Secure Boot in solitary confinement. No other OS can be installed other than future Windows upgrades, yet I doubt there will be clear warnings in ads, on outer packaging of devices, and certainly not in ads coming from Microsoft. The best one can hope for is to purchase & try a Linux OS & see that it won't work & demand a refund from the retailer (Costco gives a 90 day no questions asked return period). Some credit cards offers up to 1 year of protection, this includes deceptive advertising.
Call it as one sees fit, but to purchase a product with no one clearly warning the consumer of totally being locked out of their computer (their personal property), is as deceptive as it gets. Some of these units are not low cost either. My advise, unless one plans never to move away from Windows, no matter how low they sink, can live with no matter how much personal information they steal from us & give/sell it to others (& some not Windows/Office related at all), stay as far away from any ARM type computers as possible. Get one where Secure Boot is disabled with a few simple clicks, even if there's no plans of doing so in the future.
Windows 10 may or may not be a success, that's yet to be determined. One thing that will help Microsoft is total transparency on their end, from their partner OEM's & from some of their notorious 3rd party resellers, whom will say anything to make a sale. Microsoft needs to implement extensive training on all ends to ensure this, and make sure that all cards are laid on the table with this upcoming OS, especially in the wake of the failures of Windows 8 group of OS's.
Office 2013 is already available by subscription (preferred) and they give a TB of storage space per user to acquire in this manner. Yet those who purchases the most expensive edition outright doesn't get this benefit.
Windows 10 subscriptions will likely have similar catches, and there's no way on this earth I'm giving full price for this OS to avoid a subscription. Not even Apple pulls these type of stunts, their OS's are low cost, their cash cow is the selling of apps, where MS cannot compete & they know it.
This type of business model will be doomed from the start, and will arouse suspicions by many consumers, especially the millions already burned once by purchasing Windows 8, or computers with it preinstalled, many of which cannot to this date upgrade to 8.1 due to one issue or the other, This blood is on Microsoft's hands, as the OEM's sold these computers to work with Windows 8 (or lower), and their Upgrade Advisor lured many by stating in their assessment that all was compatible.
I doubt that the same consumers will fall for the unknown twice, many of which has never participated on any tech forum, and will make the call on their own.
Especially considering that there's still many Windows 7 computers on the market, hot & fast moving, loaded with features. Some even has a basic version of MS Office Student & Home (full OEM version) included at no extra charge.
I'm also grateful that I'm not bound by the chains of Microsoft, and if needed, can walk away once my Windows 7 & 8.1 Pro licenses expires. Should the need to reinstall 8.1 (or Windows 8 Pro & then upgrade) becomes needed, I now know that I can do so with a local account. There are other ways to sync bookmarks between computers than being continually logged into a MS account.
It's time for Microsoft to go back to 2009, and look at their smashing success of Windows 7, pretend that 8 never existed, and take things from there. Much can be learned from that historical release, most likely the best release of Windows that will ever be produced. I just don't see Windows 10 having the same impact nor success, this news only confirms it further.
And even is this "news" is rumors, remember that in large part, it was continual rumors that played a huge factor in killing sales of Windows 8 before it was ever released, for all of those who purchased it & the nightmares became reality, there were many more that never gave 8 a chance. Microsoft needs to step in and squash these rumors if not true. Silence will not do them any favors & many will take such "news" as gospel & spread the word, just as in 2012.