But by then it will not be important. Hardware capability is outpacing software burden on the desktop.
Yes, the whole IT industry is worried that people no longer need more power each year. Virtualization was and now SSDs & clouds are cutting server sales, as no commonly-used applications push hardware
Core 2 Duo has all the horsepower most people need. That was 2 generations ago. MS bloat just isn't what is used to be.
Even "Core" (non-2 from Jan 2006), is not so slow that normal people notice. Give them a SSD with that Core computer, and they will think it is a new super-fast machine.
My Micron C300 SSD really boosted the speed of my C2Q. I don't know how many generations of CPUs I will skip, but I might get a larger SSD.
If they have them planned, doesn't that kind of imply that they already know they'll be able to shrink the dies? Why not shrink them all the way down to 11nm or less NOW, and promptly blow all of their competition right out of the water?
They know that they will be able because they have many thousands of engineers that are working hard on the problems. They also know that they will spend a billion dollars (per fab) buying equipment that has not been built and is in the process of being designed at other companies (like Applied Materials) with feedback from Intel's people.
In short, they are working on this, but it needs a few more years of work by many tens of thousands of people. They would be rushing that work (as they did in '99-'07), if AMD was beating them, but as things stand they are taking their time and milking us for our cash at each step.