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: Back to the old days.
by MOS6510 on Mon 25th Jun 2012 12:51 UTC in reply to "Back to the old days."
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I could only give you a +1, I'd rather give you a +10. I too miss the time when a computer was a complete product of hardware and software. It gave it a personality and it made them all different and interesting.

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RE[2]: Back to the old days.
by zima on Wed 27th Jun 2012 18:09 in reply to "RE: Back to the old days."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Also limited sort of by design, with plenty of efforts duplication for not really that much of a difference, easily obsoleted without a clear upgrade path and overall relatively expensive long-term.
You know, just remember the wider picture :p

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RE[3]: Back to the old days.
by MOS6510 on Wed 27th Jun 2012 18:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Back to the old days."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The C64 sold for 10 years!

Try making a computer now and sell it for even 5 years without upgrading it.

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