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Dan Frommer thinks the failures of MMI, HPQ, RIMM, and others to challenge the iPad (AAPL) opens...

Dan Frommer thinks the failures of MMI, HPQ, RIMM, and others to challenge the iPad (AAPL) opens the door for Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 to emerge as an alternative. Windows 8's dual user interfaces (one for PC use, one for tablet use) and ARM (ARMH) CPU support should give it a fighting chance, particularly in the enterprise.
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  • Chris Lau
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    Yes, it opens a strong opportunity for W8. Think of it this way: data integration across platforms is very possible. Suddenly that x-box initiative that lost money forever will be of value in MSFT's overall strategy.
    18 Aug 2011, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • Bitz
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    AAPL approached opportunities as marketing problems and developed non-commodity solutions that could be sold at a premium price.


    Competitors addressed them as engineering problems, seeking to give the consumer something similar, albeit a less engaging, at a little lower price.


    While AAPL obtains above average returns on its products, the others dive for dimes, recognizing that with undifferentiable products, all they can do is play for share, drive down the cost curve and hope they make a profit.


    PS - Would you pay $1,000 for an ultrabook that is no more than a skinny PC with minimal storage but that starts up in less than MSFT's typical five minutes, when for about the same money you can buy a full function MacBook?
    18 Aug 2011, 08:38 AM Reply Like
  • 1337
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    So redicilous. WebOS is the best thing ever created by and ex-apple person.


    18 Aug 2011, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • David Urban
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    Windows 8 may be more important to the future of Microsoft than anyone realizes.
    19 Aug 2011, 02:00 PM Reply Like
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