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Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by kragil on Sat 13th Feb 2010 15:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
kragil
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At first I found myself agreeing with your comment, but then I thought about my older sisters and their families and I think they wouldn't like to live with the limitations of the Ipad.

I think you are so used to clueless customers that you don't see the people that manage to do quite a bit on Windows with limited interest they have in tech, but also without needing professional support.

First of all the Ipad is not a primary device. It cannot update itself, you need Itunes for that. (ChromeOS can though)
My sisters need to work with cameras and printers .. at the moment the Ipad does seem to be able to work well with those. (ChromeOS might be a bit better, maybe those kind of devices will make WLAN printers with PDF or PS support more popular where you just send a file to that device it prints it exactly like the PDF/PS)

They are used to a few tweaks (adblocking, form fillers etc) that they really would miss.

And those are just the things I can think off of the top of my head .. there certainly is more.

So the Ipad as a primary device .. not likely, ChromeOS maybe (combining it with Android would help) but it will take years and years. Just look at the most popular programs on Windows, a lot of those would have to be developed from the ground up for tablets.

I agree though the Windows is getting more competition and will have to adapt.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sat 13th Feb 2010 15:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I think you are so used to clueless customers that you don't see the people that manage to do quite a bit on Windows with limited interest they have in tech, but also without needing professional support.


I see plenty of those too. They do very well for themselves, and I should have worded my post to say "geeks, power users and prosumers". Windows does work for these people, those that are interested enough to make it work, but that’s not the majority unfortunately.

First of all the Ipad is not a primary device. It cannot update itself, you need Itunes for that.


This is the single biggest flaw with the iPad (that it cannot easily be your one and only computer). I think that if it gets popular enough, Apple will realise that the iPad needs to operate independently. Also I hope there will be good competition in this area in the form of ChromeOS / Android and others.

If the iPad / ChromeOS become popular enough the printer manufacturers will be forced into doing things in a standard way. Google are trying to force this with ChromeOS by asking manufacturers to supply a standard protocol and CUPS drivers and no more of that .MSI crap.

Apple badly need the competition to get them to open up the device and let it function with anybody’s equipment and no more "Made for iPad" restrictions.

edit: s/baldy/badly

Edited 2010-02-13 15:59 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Tuishimi on Sat 13th Feb 2010 17:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-07-06

I thought the baldy was a Freudian slip.

I sat here reading your post thinking "but I am here with my netbook, running Windows 7, Java and JBOSS so I can do development work while I travel..." before realizing DOH! I am one of those power users.

I definitely think there will be a "split" in computing. PCs and even laptops relegated to business and gaming use, then all kinds of internet "devices" for the people who make use of email, social web sites, etc.

I guess this means lower production and higher prices for the old guard equipment... and competitive pricing and larger quantities of the 3G/4G generation of devices.

Better build my gaming/development power house at home up while I can afford it.

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