Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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RE[2]: They was right
by Straho on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:07 UTC in reply to "RE: They was right"
Straho
Member since:
2011-09-30

My fault. 1995 I bought my first desktop and in Eastern Europe that wasn't easy, real game console came around 1999.
There's always something new, thank you.

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RE[3]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:11 in reply to "RE[2]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Oh, I was by no means correcting or criticizing you.

A lot of people aren't aware of the Apple Pippin (because it didn't last very long and was a complete bust), so I thought I just threw it in there.

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RE[4]: They was right
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:30 in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I want one of those so badly.

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RE[4]: They was right
by Straho on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:35 in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
Straho Member since:
2011-09-30

No problem.
I don't have much work, just sit and drink coffee in the office. That was new and interesting information.
May be I was a little too sarcastic in my first comment, but still I think MS couldn't offer something competitive and that was right decision.

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RE[3]: They was right
by zima on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 14:24 in reply to "RE[2]: They was right"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

in Eastern Europe [...] real game console came around 1999.

What was "not real" about Dendy or Pegasus NES clones?! ;) (and, to a lesser degree, Sega Megadrive or Amiga CD32, at least at my place) Explain yourself!! ;)

Well, OK, "Europe" supposedly leaned more towards gaming on home computers, the likes of C64 or Amiga - it was certainly the case in Central (typically called "Eastern" anyway...) Europe, but there were still at least tons of Dendys around.

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RE[4]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 18:45 in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

In The Netherlands in the late 70s/early 80s you could spot a few Atari 2600 consoles, but most consoles were Phillips Videopacs.

When the Commodore 64 arrived most people when for it, mainly because of the "free" software. After that people upgraded to Amiga's and a few to the Atari ST.

Home computers were THE game computers. We used to laugh at PCs that beeped and had these strange ugly looking CGA screens.

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