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"Smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows operating system aren't selling...

"Smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows operating system aren't selling very well ... we're also seeing lackluster demand for Windows-based products," says Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin. While one could argue Samsung's commitment to Android and Tizen colors Shin's views, he's far from alone (I, II) in expressing such opinions. The remarks come in a week where IDC argued Microsoft is better off ditching ARM-based Windows RT and focusing on x86-based Windows 8. (Surface sales) (previous)
Comments (19)
  • The RT was an experiment... and a terrible one at that.

     

    x86 or go home, enough with devices that can only handle 'some things'
    15 Mar 2013, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • it doesn't do much and it does it poorly
    15 Mar 2013, 04:09 PM Reply Like
  • It makes for a wonderful (and expensive) digital picture frame!
    15 Mar 2013, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • @Yokyok
    At least it is much better than ipad.
    15 Mar 2013, 06:26 PM Reply Like
  • > Microsoft is better off ditching ARM-based Windows RT and
    > focusing on x86-based Windows 8.

     

    I couldn't agree more.

     

    What didn't exist until the Surface Pro was a device with the form factor of a tablet and the operating system of a desktop computer.

     

    Sure, the Surface Pro has a number of flaws, but it's an important first step toward getting the best of both worlds.
    15 Mar 2013, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • yup, I thought about buying surface pro as a show of support but unfortunately don't have the cash for that... the surface pro 2 though is on my must have list when they fix a few things and extend the battery life...

     

    or if they drop the price of the SP 1 by 150-200 bucks.
    15 Mar 2013, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • And for an experimental first step, consumer have to pay $1100.!!!

     

    That's the real reason why Surface Pro failed. It should have been priced in the range of $400-$500.
    16 Mar 2013, 06:39 AM Reply Like
  • Isn't an ultrabook in the form factor of a tablet but the operating system of a desktop, not to mention cheaper and lighter?
    17 Mar 2013, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • @berylrb: No, ultrabrooks are generally just really thin laptops.

     

    A couple models have touchscreens, and one or two might have features where they can either detach the screen or fold the keyboard backward to achieve a tablet-like look.

     

    But in general, no. That's why they're cheaper. :-)
    17 Mar 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • Win8 isn't going to be very successful in either the mobile or corporate markets.
    15 Mar 2013, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • That just is not true. DOD is hitched to MSFT.
    9 Jul 2013, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • I am considering buying pro. My dell xps is getting old.
    15 Mar 2013, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • A good approach to play down Nokia as a non competitor in this segment !
    15 Mar 2013, 03:35 PM Reply Like
  • The rt needs zynga words with friends, MLB.TV, sling player, xm radio, flash player, and other apps available on the iPad, it would be a credible unit. Most import ant is the intel chip and linger battery life
    15 Mar 2013, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • RT was likely just a warning shot to intel to get haswell working, and whether or not it had any effect, haswell is ahead of schedule. I'll probably grab the first Win8 tablet that's produced with a Haswell chip. Full windows x86 experience with comparable battery life to iPad and Android tablets? No competition.
    15 Mar 2013, 05:33 PM Reply Like
  • If I was choosing between and iPad and Surface RT for the same price range, I would buy an iPad to show all my non-tech friends that I had one too. But if I wanted to use it for work, I don't have a choice, I will buy Surface RT. Just Office pre-loaded is worth another $149. Much cheaper now than the iPad.

     

    As for the naysayers. MSFT is more than the tablet. A year or two back no one knew that there would be a Microsoft tablet. Now as a standalone group it adds $2 billion plus at the current revenue rate. How many $2 billion companies can you count. And I think the growth rate on this group is more than 20% today. I would love to own a company that made just the Surface tablet, even if it were ranked number 10 but made $2 billion in revenue at a 20% growth rate today. Well I wish I had 100 million to buy Microsoft stock!

     

    MSFT pays a 3.3% dividend today and come December, I expect that to rise to 3.7% or 4% at current stock price. If Microsoft kept diversifying and stood at #1, #2, or #3 in every area it was involved in, it will continue to be a good stock. Remember with all the hate, Ballmer has delivered an average 16% growth. Much higher than the 12% that Jack Welch delivered, and Jack is a sung hero of Wall Street.
    15 Mar 2013, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • If you're using RT for work, you're supposed to pay for an Office license, which nullifies that $149. I doubt, at this time, microsoft would try to enforce that.
    15 Mar 2013, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • RT won't run a full version of Office! So your iPad comp/slam doesn't work, I think you meant Pro?!
    17 Mar 2013, 01:12 AM Reply Like
  • > RT won't run a full version of Office!

     

    This is true, but the RT version of Office has far more Office-like features, and much better Office compatibility, than any Office competitor that has been implemented by third party developers for the iPad.

     

    This is a question of ecosystems.

     

    For better or worse, most corporate environments use MS Office. Most iPad apps that clam to be compatible...aren't, at least not for anything beyond the simplest of files.

     

    Office is estimated to be 38% of MSFT's market cap, while Windows is less than half that (http://bit.ly/1167vbN).

     

    Most businesses don't stay with MSFT for the OS, they stay with MSFT for the Office apps. :-)
    17 Mar 2013, 02:21 PM Reply Like
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