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2014: The Year That Was

As 2014 fades away, it’s time to look back at what made news this year.

2014 was a banner year for technology news, as interesting as any, but far less interesting when you look at the PC hardware sector exclusively. Sure, there were interesting stories and developments, such as Satya Nadella’s first day on the job as the big boss of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), or the first look at Windows 10. But as a whole, vendors in the PC market ecosytem are not making the same investments in the sector that they used to — or should. Consider the focus that Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) gives to money-loosing mobile, or the underwhelming releases from Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) and AMD (NYSE: AMD).

Of course the PC industry isn’t going anywhere. It’s not a twilight industry, as some might say; the data shows that PC sales are actually increasing year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter. But these numbers are buoyed by new form factors such as Intel’s NUC and All-in-One PCs. The enthusiast segment is there, but it doesn’t command the respect and attention it deserves. Instead, mobile and the new sector of “Internet of Things” is where the attention and investment is at.

As you’ll read in the reports from VR World contributors, this was a theme in the year that was. Vendors, rightly or wrongly, are focused on making PCs smaller, lighter, and in many ways more mobile.

But there was much more to the year than just this. There’s an epic lawsuit between Nvidia and Samsung (KRX:005930) that threatens to shake up the GPU market, as well as exciting political developments in the Asia-Pacific.

Read on to find out what VR World contributors thought of the year that was, and the year that is to come.