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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woegjiub
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2008-11-25

They would need a common ground in order to have something for major developers to target.
If there was no commonality, and easy means of installation regardless of vendor, they would never swap from Windows.

Android or Ubuntu are the only choices which will allow them to have a nice, common platform with a large existing userbase, and an easy experience.
Mind you, they would all obviously ship their own DEs based on theming existing DEs, but so long as it was Ubuntu LTS at the core, with the software centre, it would mean ease of installation and configuration.

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