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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RE[3]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Oct 2012 09:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
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Sure, MS won't build low margin boxes. BUT they will build high margin premium devices.

Remember MS and Apple won't sue each other anymore, their patents are all basically shared.

For example: MS can easily add a magsafe power connector to surface and ship pinch-to-zoom or that magic trivial scrolling Apple has patented. Other OEMs .. not so much (besides Sony)

There is a clause though with the patent sharing that doesn't allow 'blatant' copying so it isn't really an open and shut case.

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