Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:48 UTC
Windows Tom Warren: "While Intel is trying to keep the Windows tree healthy, Microsoft is hoping that the leaves don't start to drop off before its own family of Surface devices are fully ready. Redmond isn't 'priming the pump' here, it's planting seeds for the future. If Microsoft is successful then it could be the world's biggest Windows OEM in just a few years. The future is Surface." You just have to look at the difference in build quality and supplied software between OEM devices and Surface even though Surface is cheaper to realise that the age of Windows OEMs is coming to an end. The writing's on the wall, and the OEMs know it: there's no future for them in Windows.
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So does this mean that the only safe option for OEMs is to "add value" to stuff that won't get taken away from them, and from which they are free from extortionate licensing and crippling terms and conditions.... open source?

Nah, they'll probably get sued for patent violations and have to pay an extortion fee to companies like Microsoft, just like HTC does with their Android devices.

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