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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RE[2]: *yawn*
by ncgmac on Tue 19th Jun 2012 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE: *yawn*"
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Well I think you've hit on something that has been nagging at me. I think there is concern at Microsoft about the OEMs and competing Android systems by the same manufacturers. I think they know that Metro on the desktop or laptop just doesn't add a lot of value, though the under the covers stuff does. So they are coming out with this hardware to try and drive demand.

It does look cool, but price point will account for a lot. They can play some with that since they can load it with their software for basically nothing. It's not really a device I would purchase, but for folks that don't have tablets, or are Microsoft only, it's probably compelling. It will have a niche, how big will be a wait and see.

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