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Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by kragil on Sat 13th Feb 2010 15:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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At first I found myself agreeing with your comment, but then I thought about my older sisters and their families and I think they wouldn't like to live with the limitations of the Ipad.

I think you are so used to clueless customers that you don't see the people that manage to do quite a bit on Windows with limited interest they have in tech, but also without needing professional support.

First of all the Ipad is not a primary device. It cannot update itself, you need Itunes for that. (ChromeOS can though)
My sisters need to work with cameras and printers .. at the moment the Ipad does seem to be able to work well with those. (ChromeOS might be a bit better, maybe those kind of devices will make WLAN printers with PDF or PS support more popular where you just send a file to that device it prints it exactly like the PDF/PS)

They are used to a few tweaks (adblocking, form fillers etc) that they really would miss.

And those are just the things I can think off of the top of my head .. there certainly is more.

So the Ipad as a primary device .. not likely, ChromeOS maybe (combining it with Android would help) but it will take years and years. Just look at the most popular programs on Windows, a lot of those would have to be developed from the ground up for tablets.

I agree though the Windows is getting more competition and will have to adapt.

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