Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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RE[2]: Not with a ten foot pole
by bnolsen on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Not with a ten foot pole"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

An obvious answer is to get one of the android based tablets. Some of them don't even give money to google and the manufacturer/distributor keeps all the money without any OS tax to any of the big three.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Oh yes, those big, noble multinational OEMs who assert those software patents we all hate so much. The one's who take months to deliver updates because they'd rather you just buy a new device.

Ah, yes them. Marvelous guys aren't they?

Give me a break.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Problem solved, just buy a Raspberry Pi board, 3D print a case with a MakerBot or RepRap, scrounge a screen from a PSOne, a power supply from a dead 5v device and voila! You have your very own homemade tablet computer, ready to run GNU/Linux. You can even throw in a touchscreen overlay for around $20 via eBay.

Oh, wait...the RPi is made in China by one of those shady multinational OEMs. Dammit!!


(BTW Nelson, I just realized this is my fourth reply to you. I promise I'm not stalking or trolling you, I guess you're just fun to talk to.) ;)

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Actually, it's Google who shares some search/ad revenue with oems/operators not the other way round.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Really which manufacturer of Android-hardware does not send money to Microsoft because of Linux-patents ?

Amazon with their Kindle ?

All the other do.

Actually, because Android is doing so well, Microsoft make more money from Android than WP7 at the moment.

Edited 2012-06-19 09:26 UTC

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