Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:46 UTC
Windows "Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares. The world's No. 4 PC vendor by shipments initially planned to roll out Windows RT tablets based on ARM chips early next year. However, the launch of Microsoft's tablet last week and the mixed reviews it has drawn has prompted Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013." Whatever the reason, this doesn't send a very promising message about Windows RT. Or, not entirely unlikely, Acer and other OEMs just can't measure up to Surface RT.
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RE[2]: Some Speculation
by Alfman on Wed 31st Oct 2012 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Some Speculation"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Bill Shooter of Bul,

"I wanted one of those, but not at the $2200 price point they originally sold for."

I've always wanted one of those too, but not at the ridiculous price points they were going for.

Imagine how different tablets would be today if those had been affordable for consumers at the turn of the decade. The tablet market would have grown before walled gardens could take off and we would not have this artificial divide between open desktop/laptops & restricted tablets.

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RE[3]: Some Speculation
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 31st Oct 2012 14:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Some Speculation"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

EXACTLY!! MS pushed tablets as an ultra expensive luxury item with terrible performance and was shocked when they didn't take off. The same computer guts that went into the convertible I linked to, was available at less than half the price without the touch screen.

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RE[4]: Some Speculation
by ze_jerkface on Thu 1st Nov 2012 01:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Some Speculation"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Fujitsui lifebooks are mostly targeted at medical workers and engineers. It's a low volume / pay high because you have cash strategy.

But yea Microsoft should have moved faster on tablets and touchscreen phones for consumers. They sat on their hands and still seem unable to accept the reality of their situation.

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