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[4]: ARM
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 19th Jun 2012 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ARM"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

No, because there is true and legitimate choice in the ARM market. Again, Microsoft has zero marketshare. Existing Windows applications do not run on Windows RT. It is a separate product.

There won't be, once Microsoft forces their way in. Choice will go down the shitter once Windows 8 starts being released on tablets, because ALL of these tablets will be released with it (which will in turn popularize ARM even more) will downright *refuse* to run anything that Microsoft doesn't either create themselves... or bless with their key for a hundred bucks.

Once Windows 8 has turned Android, and probably iOS, into much more minor players, it will proceed to popularize the ARM platform for traditional laptops and desktops. The only problem? By this time, unless the government has already gotten into the situation due to anti-trust issues, ARM as an architecture will already be royally fucked. It will have already succeeded in making ARM a Microsoft-only playground, as long as you get Windows 8 with the machine.

Microsoft may have once held a monopolistic position on the computing landscape, but to say that it still does today is disingenuous. Computing has shifted to far more devices, beyond traditional PCs and true alternatives have sprung up.

They still have a hell of a lot of power and tend to use it in extremely abusive ways.

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RE[5]: ARM
by lucas_maximus on Thu 21st Jun 2012 18:49 in reply to "RE[4]: ARM"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Does your hatred of Microsoft consume you whole life because it certainly seems to.

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RE[6]: ARM
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 21st Jun 2012 22:35 in reply to "RE[5]: ARM"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Does your hatred of Microsoft consume you whole life because it certainly seems to.

So now apparently you know the entire life of a stranger on the Internet so well that you can claim his "Microsoft hatred" consumes his entire life. So, Mr. Know-It-All... what are a few of the non-computing things I enjoy doing? You know--those things that are so far outside of the scope of anything Microsoft would be doing, because they have... you know... absolutely NOTHING to do with computers. Little do you know, computing is only one part of my interests... and when a company (Microsoft) comes around to fuck up the future of entirely new classes of computer hardware based on the ARM architecture by locking out the consumer's choice and forcing them into Windows (while placing the Windows tax on new types of hardware), damn right I'll get pissed.

And just to make it clear, I don't *hate* Microsoft itself; what I "hate" is its crooked business practices, which it tends to use over and over, often illegally or of questionable legal status... and obviously those things don't reflect too well on the company itself.

Like any other company, Microsoft deserves praise when they do something right and a good slamming when they make questionable to downright bad choices. Starting with Windows Vista, they deservedly got slammed. Starting with Windows 7, they received praises, and rightfully so. With Windows 8, they deserve plenty of slamming--for Metro and their attempts to "obsolete" the traditional desktop on all machines, as well as for their turning all ARM-based machines that come with Windows 8 into Windows sandboxes that are useless for anything else, just to name a couple things.

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