Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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"It is an integrated consumer product. The argument you guys make is like saying a washing machine, a car's internal computer, digital watch or television shouldn't tied to a product."

Right, because there's no difference between sideloading apps on our tablet PC versus sideloading our car or washing machine.

* For those who are sarcasm impaired, note heavy use of sarcasm here.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

While you are correct you are still missing the point.

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Alfman Member since:


"While you are correct you are still missing the point."

Haha, I'll take it. The thing is, the competitive damage of corporate walled gardens is proportional to their *collective* market share. It's still good to have more competition over less, but if consumer's choice ends up being between one walled garden or another, then it represents a significant threat to open computing for consumers. A software-only developer won't be able to compete fairly or sell unapproved software without the blessing of gatekeepers because we are not a hardware provider ourselves. If this is allowed to happen, it would retrograde the entire software industry.

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