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Microsoft's big announcement slips, company to enter tablet business to compete against Apple

0. phoneArena posted on 15 Jun 2012, 14:28

We've all been on pins and needles, waiting for Monday's big announcement from Microsoft which apparently has been leaked; the Redmond based company is going to compete against Apple in tablets by producing their own using both ARM based and Intel made processors...

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posted on 15 Jun 2012, 17:49 1

43. clayton (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

Go Microsoft Go. I just can't wait.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 18:22 1

47. profperez1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 May 2012)

If the Microsoft tablet starts at $500+ they will be doomed from the onset. I love the platform....but I am not going to sell my iPad2-----then pay another $500 to get a new tablet. If they started at $299-$399 they would have a shot.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 18:50 2

49. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

But it's ok for Apple to overprice their products. So people will spend 600+ for an iPad and $2000 for a MacBook. I agree with you though if the price is right, it will sell. I just don't appreciate the fact that people will spend all their savings for an overpriced apple product and now complain about MS tab pricing, which is yet not truly know. Its not even in the market yet!

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 19:16

79. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Part of that is apples cult following, they market everything like they created it. I'll never forget when my little bro bought his iPhone, I never heard some one brag so much about gps in my life.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 19:30 2

53. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

so.. wait..
you will spend 500 bux on a big screen ipod, but not 500 on a PC-Tablet that actually has full PC functionality and can do things like play WoW or Diablo on the run?
Me thinks your money priorities might be backwards.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 03:11

69. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I agree. Price them evenly with netbooks. Touchscreen instead of a keyboard, same options for ports and capability, and with an option for a separate dock

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 18:35 3

48. armrob (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

Actually it all makes perfect sense. Microsoft realized 3 things :

1. The profit margins are way better when u manufacture your own hardware than just sell a license (ask Apple)
2. The only way to guarantee a quality product is to make it yourself. Apple always knew that and Google also found out recently. I bet they will use Motorola to make people forget about all the crapware androids products on the market.
3. They have a better chance of achieving success with the Microsoft brand than the likes of HTC, LG, Acer or Dell. It's about time Microsoft make use of their brand recognition.

They have done it with the Xbox and they got it right. So they showed that they can make hardware, retail it and market it successfully. The only thing is they need to come out with a quality product and get it right the first time.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 19:10

51. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

If this MS tablet could be as smooth and has excellent user experience with tons of available apps, then this could be a killer..

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 19:20

52. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

I think they should set their sights at Android first in the tablet market before going after Apple. Baby steps, Microsoft.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 19:59 3

54. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)

Fandroids, fandroids everywhere

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 20:05

55. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:36

78. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Yeap ....

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 21:27

58. BREvenson (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Had a feeling it was going to happen...better late than never. Hopefully MS doesn't go the way they did with Zune, a bulky device that had limited capabilities to link with people's computers and give them the music and services they wanted.

Seriously, if Microsoft applies itself and offers a unique experience that goes a little beyond what people are used to with the iPad, this might end up being the best decision they made in terms of mobile technology. Who knows...only one way to find out.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 23:47

62. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I take this with a grain of salt

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 04:24

70. tverma83 (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

Am a huge fan of Apple but welcoming the launch by MS..essential to keep pushing the umbrella of innovation fwd..would keep both google (and their OEMs) + apple on their toes..as they say "may d best man win" :)

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 05:32

72. homeedition88 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)

Am i the only one find this title (square boxes) thing doesn't work correctly. Mostly it stuck and do not renew the information which has to give right on time. :)

(I used windows phone 7 lumia 710 and tried windows 8 consumer preview)

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 07:11

73. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

LMAO ! That was 2 funny. Sounds like a good idea 4 a new comic book hero. Would love to see what happens when he enters Apples evil lair to do battle with infamous Tim Cook. lol

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 08:35

74. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I bet it looks like a jumbo Zune HD, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 08:39

75. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Hopefully they've kept an eye on the Blackberry Playbook and HP TouchPad debacles, and have learned how NOT to launch a new tablet.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 09:06

76. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Somewhere in Cupertino, there are an awful lot of smiles for one very big reason: Economies of scale. Apple has them, MSFT does not, and to put an iPad competitor out, MSFT will have to go at it with a new OS that does not have any traction AND be a loss leader on the hardware. It COULD turn out well for Redmond, but chances are, especially given their mobile history to date (Windows Phone being a miserable flop), that MSFT will lose even more than Android OEMs do per tablet and see much lower sales volumes than the top Android OEMs do in the tablet space.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 23:34 1

80. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Let's see if Microsoft can compete where android failed

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 19:04

82. darkurious (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

I think the announcement is going to be Xbox Live app on B&N Tablet.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 22:36

83. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

looks like the "big screen ipod" caught every one left handed!

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