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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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.

OTOH a typical (smallish) software-only developer won't be able to target more than two ecosystems effectively, anyway... (maybe three - if the "gatekeepers" do all the appstore, payments, etc. dirty work)

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