Microsoft's big announcement slips, company to enter tablet business to compete against Apple
posted by Alan F. / Jun 15, 2012, 2:28 PM
the latter would have a huge advantage over the other manufacturers considering that the company is also producing the software that is running the hardware. While the tablet manufacturers could turn to Android for help, Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility also puts them in the hardware business.
We will probably get some responses from the other manufacturers soon which will give us an idea what they are thinking.
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Huh, should be pretty cool. Can't wait!
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:30 PM 9
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So slow to react MS... you coulda been a contenda, if you hadn't let Apple run wild in the 2000's but even now, too little too late methinks... if it weren't for Google we would all be in the herd by now :(
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 6:55 PM 4
Dude, MS designed windows XP in 2001 - which still has a larger world wide market share than ALL of OSX right now. Let's not even talk about the 500 million windows 7 users. For Microsoft, Apple is nothing more than an annoying buzzing little bug, waiting to be squashed. Seeing how OSX turns more and more into iOS - that bug WILL be squashed by Microsoft and Google's Android.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 11:36 PM 13
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One problem with your analysis is that the iPad was an evolution from the iPhone and Apple was leveraging the iOS ecosystem. Maybe MS can leapfrog the requirement for a large foundation upon which to build, but it is doubtful. Annoying buzzing little bug, waiting to be squashed.... Good one. That is why Apple has a larger market cap than MS - a bug just waiting to be squashed.
posted on Jun 16, 2012, 12:02 AM 2
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You can't compare those 500 million windows users with OSX users! Windows based computers are significantly cheaper than Macs! And Apple's just a bug? Do you know which is the most valuable brand in the world? You may argue upon their products but there's just no way you're going to call Apple a BUG..
posted on Jun 16, 2012, 2:22 AM 1
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You are right you cannot compare the 500 million WINDOWS7 users to the 26 million OSX users. MS just makes the software while Apple makes both. That makes for a hard to define comparison in and of itself. Also stop using the market value to decide how a company is doing because it is just a perception not a real metric. It changes daily and does not take a-lot of other things. Apple does not employ as many people as other companies with a much lower market value. I will agree with you however that Apple is no bug.(unless it is one of those Journey2 bugs)
posted on Jun 17, 2012, 1:41 PM 1
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@ila dude, if you are replying to me? I am a MS and Google supporter (well all technology really other than the narrow vision of Apple's eye). That doesn't change the facts tho.. in this last decade, MS and Apple traded places. Apple was a mere 13billion market Cap and MS was in the 400billions.. 10 years later, iPod, iPhone, iPad have just stole those markets and vaulted Apple into ridiculousness.. Basically MS has had no competing products worth a damn in this space... Google saved us all, without android we all would be in the herd. MS should be ashamed of themselves, letting Apple just run wild all these years. Balmer is soooo far from Bill and Steve it isn't even funny.. he basically took MS and ran it into mediocrity
posted on Jun 16, 2012, 3:54 PM 1
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Hope they do better with their tablets than they seem to be doing with their windows phones......
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:37 PM 16
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Ha-Ha, at the risk of being cynical, their tablets should sell as well as their phones. I'm not an Apple fan but, not even I, would forego an iPad for a WinPad. It should be fun to watch Ballmer swim out of another sink hole.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 8:14 PM 1
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I am not sure what to think of this, but it makes sense. Maybe a Nokia Windows 8 tablet would be pretty cool.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:42 PM 4
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Especially with the $85/copy license fee. Maybe Nokia can get a special 'dicount' from MS?
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 4:01 PM 2
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Good luck with that. The only hardware Microsoft should make is the Xbox.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:44 PM 4
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posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:55 PM 16
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I second networkdood, not sure what to think about this. I think Microsoft is excellent at what they do and I'm sure they can make a great product, but at the same time, other manufacturers have be very irked by this. Microsoft has a huge advantage over them because they can A) better integrate the OS with their own hardware and B) enjoy a reduced manufacturing cost by saving on the OS licensing. I just hope it doesn't turn other manufacturers away.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 2:57 PM 2
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OK.. explain to me MS's upper hand in this. The only hand they are gonna get is from branding not from hardware. MS is going to use the same hardware as everyone else. Intel processors and the like. Its still a windows product. There is no "secret code" they are going to give themselves and deny everyone else. That has never happened and never will. I am talking specifically of Windows, not RT. Though I doubt RT will have any real "favorites" either other than Nokia. At best its a "nexus" style product. Self branded and guaranteeing certain updates. At worst, its exactly the same as everyone else, just with an MS logo on it instead of Dell/Asus/Sammy People get up in arms over nothing.
posted on Jun 15, 2012, 4:15 PM 1
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