Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 16:26 UTC
Windows "Asus has a trio of Windows 8 tablets on deck for the holidays, but the pricing is so high - $599 to $1299 for a hybrid - that it's going to be nearly impossible to compete in the marketplace. We were leaked Asus' holiday roadmap and the slide below tells the tale." If this is for real, Windows 8 is screwed in the tablet space. Nobody is going to buy a Windows tablet at prices higher than the iPad.
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RE: Nobody?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:10 UTC in reply to "Nobody?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

A couple of points:

Windows 7 tablets also integrated perfectly into the ecosystem. How well did they do?

BYOD is already out of the gate and gaining acceptance. It would be tough to put that genie back in the bottle.

In many ways, there is no such thing as a windows 8 desktop. Its only Windows RT with legacy mode for older more useful apps.

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RE[2]: Nobody?
by MollyC on Tue 18th Sep 2012 23:15 in reply to "RE: Nobody?"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Windows 7 (and XP and Vista) tablets didn't have a touch interface. They had a normal desktop interface, augmented with stylus/pen input widgets and ink support and handwriting recognition support. And they did well in niche business/corporate/government activities where a mobile stylus-based tablet would be useful. But they had no "touch" (i.e. finger-based) UI*, which is what would be more appealing to the general public (outside of the stylus-tablet niche).

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* Actually some Win7 tablets do/did have finger-touch support, but didn't have finger-touch UI. That is, these devices supported finger-touch but the "shell" UI was still the normal desktop, and the apps were normal desktop apps, which are optimized for mouse/keyboard/stylus input rather than finger input.

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