Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 15:36 UTC
Windows "According to an inside source, a session was held at Microsoft's recent TechReady15 conference in which all the launch details were laid out. If things go according to the plan detailed then, the Surface for Windows RT tablet will be launching October 26th - no surprise there - at a compelling price of $199." My wallet just squealed in pure bliss.
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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Tue 14th Aug 2012 22:58 UTC
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

People had all kinds of negative nonsense to say when the Xbox 360 was introduced at a loss. Microsoft laughed to the bank on that one and all the `poo-poo`ers were left looking stupid.

I suppose the only thing left here is to watch history repeat itself.

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by galvanash on Tue 14th Aug 2012 23:24 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Its kind of different when everyone in the market is doing it too... Microsoft was losing something around $60 per sale originally, where as Sony was losing around $200. Nintendo actually made a small profit, and their strategy worked for a while (cheap low-performance hardware with innovative controllers) but soon ran out of steam and everyone else took their key advantage away. Now Wiis are just cheap...

Anyway, none of them were competing with a company who routinely operates on a 60% gross margin... Apple is pricing proof, they have demonstrated that repeatedly. You can't price yourself into competition with them - their customers don't care about you having a better price. You have to have a better product.

Maybe the surface is a better product, but if this rumor is true it isn't priced like it is...

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by ze_jerkface on Wed 15th Aug 2012 00:58 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

People had all kinds of negative nonsense to say when the Kin was introduced at a loss. Microsoft laughed to the bank on that one ........ oh wait.

Microsoft has a hit and miss history with hardware. For every Kinect there is a Zune.

Do I think they can sell subsidized surface tablets? Sure. Do I think this makes their "one interface everywhere" plan any less stupid? No. Do I think their profits and stock will take a dive from a lack of upgrades compared to previous iterations of Windows? Yes.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 15th Aug 2012 01:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Do I think their profits and stock will take a dive from a lack of upgrades compared to previous iterations of Windows? Yes.

What do you consider taking a dive?

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