Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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by UltraZelda64 on Tue 19th Jun 2012 01:17 UTC
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One thing I was thinking when I read the "rumor" article was that, if Microsoft themselves put out an ARM tablet as rumored, then they would have every right to lock it down to only be capable of running Windows, and it would be fine.

And here, now it's announced that they are in fact going to be releasing their own locked-down Microsoft-only Windows tablet/laptop hybrid, and yes, that's fine. Good job Microsoft, you have created what can be called *your own* piece of hardware, and can say what can and cannot be done on it. Apple-style. Sure, it's an assholish thing to do and for that reason I'll never buy it, but well... there are always alternatives for those who don't want this restriction. But wait--there aren't?

So... now that they have their own official hardware to lock all other operating systems out of, how about they revise their anti-competitive "rules" for ARM computer manufacturers and give the consumers of those computers, which are not made by Microsoft, the ability to install something else? Like, I don't know... something, anything, *not* made by Microsoft?

This could be like the locked-down Xbox tablet with everyone else who wants freedom able to go to another brand. And now that Microsoft has their own tablet computer, aside from pure greed and abusive anti-competitive monopolistic ideals, what is stopping them now?

Edited 2012-06-19 01:22 UTC

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