Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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by marcp on Wed 10th Oct 2012 06:05 UTC
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MS were always a hardware company. They produces keyboards, mices and other peropherals. Now they just want to copy Apple and produce their own PCs [yes, tablet IS a PC in my understanding, as it belongs to you and has processing power - it computes and it's personal].

Now, I don't find it shocking. I'm actually quite happy they're doing that. I hope they wil eventually step out from this "OEM" crap we're seeing today and investing their time and effort in their own crap. This way I won't be forced to buy MS Windows with new hardware [as other vendors may just simply want to compete with MS using other OS, like GNU/Linux, which I'm hoping for]. Plus, all the crap MS wants to add [DRMs, TPMs and stuff] would not be forced on other hardware vendors.

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