Windows 10 will have exactly the same requirements as Windows 8.1, which had the same requirements as Windows 8, which stuck to Windows 7 specs, which was the same as Windows Vista
Awesome! Now less people will have to throw away their existing hardware, thus generating less toxic waste!
you can't help wondering what we're actually giving up in exchange for holding the minimum system spec at a single-core 1GHz, 32-bit chip with just 1GB of RAM
I can very much help wondering: we are giving up nothing - or are you saying that the bare operating system *should* consume more than 1 GB of ram and need more than 1GHz of processor to run properly?
what would Windows look like if Microsoft at least mandated a dual-core product
Why would I require a dual core processor to run my OS? My OS should require AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE of my system resources so that I can use those resources to do actual work! Are you suggesting my OS should do *something* which would require keeping at least one core busy??
What if DX10 â" a feature set that virtually every video card today supports, according to Valve's Steam Hardware Survey, became the minimum standard, at least on the x86 side of the equation?
Unless you suggest that I have a dynamic, live-rendered Skyrim wallpaper - why the heck would I need DX10 to draw some stupid windows and buttons??
How much better might the final product be if Microsoft put less effort into validating ancient hardware and kicked those specs upwards, just a notch or two?
You tell me - unless you come up with something that we cannot have because of the non-increased specs, I don't see a single reason why it should be a bad thing that people can keep their old hardware and not invest more money into new one just so that they can upgrade their OS because MS ceases to support their old version.
You are making some groundless, wild claims about what there *could* be without even giving a single example for the price of radically harming the evironment with millions of disposed electric garbage - I think you should think about this for a bit more.