Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2012 08:50 UTC
Microsoft The New York Times further fans the flames of the emerging uneasiness between Microsoft and its hardware partners. As the paper reports, Microsoft decided it needed to get into the hardware game (with Surface) after the utter failure of HP's Slate 500 Windows 7 tablet. "Microsoft worked with other hardware partners to devise products that would be competitive with the iPad, but it ran into disagreements over designs and prices. 'Faith had been lost' at Microsoft in its hardware partners, including by Steven Sinofsky, the powerful president of Microsoft's Windows division, according to [a] former Microsoft executive." The biggest news is not Surface itself. It's the changing industry it represents. Microsoft failed to deliver capable smartphone/tablet software, which pissed off OEMs, who, in turn, turned to Android (and webOS for HP) - which in turn pissed off Microsoft, leading to Surface. Had Microsoft gotten its act together sooner, we'd have had far better OEM products.
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RE: Its Microsoft's mess.
by tanzam75 on Mon 25th Jun 2012 18:57 UTC in reply to "Its Microsoft's mess."
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Exactly. These are two separate issues.

Certainly Microsoft deserves blame for the problems with Windows over the past decade -- and for dropping the ball on tablets.

But who should we blame for all those crappy notebook computers? The ones with preloaded crapware, awful drivers, terrible thermal design, strange BIOS defaults, crippled BIOSes (VT-X often locked out in the firmware), awful LCDs, barely-working touchpads, etc. etc. etc.?

It got to the point where Windows ran better on a Macbook Air using Boot Camp than it does on the majority of PCs! Boot Camp was a sideshow for Apple -- the drivers aren't exactly the most optimized -- but it also left you with a clean Windows install. That made it better than most OEM PCs.

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