Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2012 08:50 UTC
Microsoft The New York Times further fans the flames of the emerging uneasiness between Microsoft and its hardware partners. As the paper reports, Microsoft decided it needed to get into the hardware game (with Surface) after the utter failure of HP's Slate 500 Windows 7 tablet. "Microsoft worked with other hardware partners to devise products that would be competitive with the iPad, but it ran into disagreements over designs and prices. 'Faith had been lost' at Microsoft in its hardware partners, including by Steven Sinofsky, the powerful president of Microsoft's Windows division, according to [a] former Microsoft executive." The biggest news is not Surface itself. It's the changing industry it represents. Microsoft failed to deliver capable smartphone/tablet software, which pissed off OEMs, who, in turn, turned to Android (and webOS for HP) - which in turn pissed off Microsoft, leading to Surface. Had Microsoft gotten its act together sooner, we'd have had far better OEM products.
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RE[2]: Microsoft missed the boat
by Radio on Mon 25th Jun 2012 10:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft missed the boat"
Radio
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2009-06-20

That is true.

But:

On the other hand, Microsoft did fail to offer a compelling touch-based UI for tablets, and x86 tablets were a stupid idea until the very latest 2012 intel procs. Not that you had the choice until Win8, as an ARM version of "Wintel" was unimaginable.

So Microsoft "losing faith" in its OEM is laughable: by their inability (until Metro) to create a good interface and to create an ARM version, they are the main culprits of the sorry state of Windows slates.

And now that x86 procs are, at last, good for the job, Microsoft uses its ginormous reserves of cash to jump over its OEM before they have the time to get on.

So once again, MS screws its "partners". Good luck trying to spin it otherwise.

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