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If I were Yogi Berra, I might say something like, “When times get desperate, the desperate get desperater.” We’re hearing reports that Microsoft is having trouble pushing copies of the whiz-bang don’t-call-it-metro Windows 8 even at reduced fire sale prices, with one tech writer suggesting a Vista-esque rollback to Windows 7. The new Microsoft Surface Pro tablet that was supposed to make Microsoft the new Apple and Steve Ballmer the new Steve Jobs has brought less than enthusiastic reviews. What’s a down on it’s luck technology company to do?
If you’re Microsoft, you do what you’ve always done: round up the usual suspects, buy some genetically modified FUD seeds and start sowing them.
Microsoft right now has a very awkward problem ... "the tablet" is very quickly overtaking "the PC," and Microsoft doesn't have a piece of the action.
Even in corporate circles, a tablet can do most of the things that people want to do ... with none of the headache. Unfortunately for Microsoft (and, to a lesser extent, for Apple .. stay tuned), all of these devices run Android (Linux).
The world certainly does not need a third incompatible tablet OS ... nor does it need a third "operating system calling itself Windows® which isn't."
Right before our eyes, the personal computer is, at long last, becoming personal. And, an appliance.
Microsoft is in serious strategic trouble right now, and, oddly enough, Apple may get that way soon.
Exactly so. And Apple won't continue to keep their "shine" for too much longer.
At the end of the day, you want .. a phone. Maybe you also want a tablet. If you're a developer you want to write code for these things, but you only want to do it once.
Consumers have already figured out that you can buy three Kindle Fires for the cost of one iPad. And that an Android-driven telephone doesn't get declared obsolete in two years. They have no need for, and no particular interest in, a Windows-driven tablet. (The rumor-mill is already spreading: "You don't want a virus on your tablet, do you?!" Not technically the case, but consumers don't listen to technical arguments when making impulse buys.)
From what I read it looks like Apple has reached a 'saturation point'
consumers don't listen to technical arguments
Your so right about the impulse buys. I've watched folks blow their cash like it's just like pouring water down the drain- A few of my friends did exactly that but didn't want to hear the technical details.
I won't be making any tablet purchases; I'm really not interested-
The Desktop I have and the new laptop I just recently purchased works well for what I need.
Don't really need anything else:-