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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Welcome to the future.
by dsmogor on Tue 19th Jun 2012 07:46 UTC
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This quite nicely aligns with the Visio story. As the manufacturing is almost completely shifted to ever more independent Chinese entities is there still any place for present style hardware companies? Where's the value they can add, that couldn't be delivered by combination of software, design and manufacturing houses?
The sorry state of Nokia is also testament to that.

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