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  • Microsoft's Google Bash Backfires [View article]
    In this case a power user is someone who buys something based on specifications and functionality rather than what colour it is or whose logo is on it.
    Dec 22, 2013. 09:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Google Bash Backfires [View article]
    Ashraf, you're right and wrong here. The markets is made of diverse consumers, many (most?) of whom are irrational. The old Microsoft wouldn't pander to fashion but would make products that people need, constantly evaluating, testing and improving with the eyes on functionality. Then apple came from the back with technically crap products that won massive sales, and MSFT decided to rethink. You or I would never buy an RT Surface, because we are power users look at performance and functionality per dollar per kg or per whatever. If I was advising a non-power user on a budget then maybe I would recommend an RT device, tho admittedly not the surface. MSFT is justified keeping it going to encourage other OEMs to make products, to hedge their bets in the Intel vs arm battle and to let intel know they don't have a monopoly. If surface2 didn't have arm inside, then many of those sales woulda gone to Intel, and maybe Intel wouldn't be offering such competitive chips?
    Dec 16, 2013. 07:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft CEO Makes Stunning Statement About Surface Pro Tablets [View article]
    Even if Surface outsold Ipads, it would not dominate (ie account for over half of) the market. Ballmer's statement is perfectly true and in no way denigrates the Surface or its sales prospects. How on earth did this article get past Seeking Alpha editors?
    Feb 20, 2013. 09:47 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Microsoft Getting Desperate? [View article]
    Agree with earlier comments about how if you odn't like the W8 layout and/or don't have a touch screen then the desktop is there for you.

    WIll chip in also that I bought a Win7 Samsung netbook about a year ago, attracted by the lightweight and small size for travelling. However it ended up sitting in a drawer because it was so slow, practically unusable. So I stuck W8 on it, and now it is the PC I use the most, because it's so easy to take with me. I think form this point of view, W8 eliminates much of the threat from chromebooks, and even some of the threat from tablets. If I am on the move and just want web browsing I take an 8 inch android tablet as it goes in the back pocket. For something more conducive to mobile working, no way would I want to be lumping around a big 10 inch tablet, may as well take a W8 netbook.
    Jan 8, 2013. 04:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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