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  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    @ictia

    Valid criticisms.

    Why would you want to switch from tablet to keyboard/mouse? This means you have to bring peripherals or have some device that is a proxy. I think part of the form factor is the screen. 10" is probably the limiting factor here. Is 10" big enough for your traditional PC uses? If the answer is yes then I think you are right. If it is no then I don't think what Microsoft is proposing ( a PC tablet ) is sufficient.

    For me they are very different things. My limiting factor with the tablet is space and OS. Space as I allude to above and OS in that it omits things on the desktop and so browser software targeted to the desktop ( like this website ) do not work well.

    The first you can't do much about. The second Microsoft is addressing. Will it be enough? Will its solution be good enough? I am waiting to see when it hits the streets. Demos are nice until you actually take it home.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    @techy46

    yes. IBM is a solutions company where Microsoft is a big component. This is true of HP as well. However both can play the game as I commented above and will repeat here:

    Before it was buy Microsoft and we have the perfect solution for you. Now it will be you can choose Microsoft but we have other solutions that may be better for you.

    Remember in the server space there are good server solutions that are not Microsoft. Servers are a big part of Microsoft's business. It is not nice to knife your friends which is just what Microsoft did.

    Also as you mention and I will repeat here Microsoft is focused on the enterprise while Apple is focused on the consumer. This drives different solutions and messages. Apple is starting to be part of the enterprise but they do not market to them. Individuals want them there and IT needs to adapt. This mentality is most likely part of what is driving Microsoft's moves. However there is friction in serving the two masters which is not easy to resolve.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    @trademarc

    I agree with most of what you have said. However Microsoft is not a hardware company and not a retail company. There will be difficulties in making that transition. Also there will be the drain of your former partners muddying your message.

    Before it was buy Microsoft and we have the perfect solution for you. Now it will be you can choose Microsoft but we have other solutions that may be better for you.

    Remember in the server space there are good server solutions that are not Microsoft. Servers are a big part of Microsoft's business. It is not nice to knife your friends which is just what Microsoft did.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:20 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    techy

    I disagree. If you have been watching this space Samsung is increasingly putting more resources into distancing itself from Google. I would not be surprised that in a year or two Samsung follows Amazon and forks Android/Linux and calls it Samsung OS.

    Samsung is the most prominent and profitable Android licensee. If Samsung abandons Android ( and I think they will ) this will devalue the Android brand as its best product will go some place else.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    Costco is a bad analogy.

    Are you proposing that All retailers have a pact to provide infrastructure and services to product companies who in turn share the marketing and support of your product? And then because you are unsatisfied you now produce your own product to compete against them and expect them to continue supporting and marketing your product?

    Microsoft is a software and software platform company. They are not a device company. They just publicly announced their intention to become a device company which competes with their partners. These partners are now free to push other solutions and bad mouth Microsoft.

    This is a bold but risky move for Microsoft.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    If this is only an enterprise offering then I am not sure how successful it will be.

    Corporations are already supporting personal devices. IT does not have to pay for them, but they require restrictions on its use. These Win mobile solutions need to stand on their own as individuals will buy them and not the company. There are companies that do buy these devices: the Govt, BMW, etc that either want to put something in the hands of sales people or are looking to replace something. This proposal may look good to government which tends to be behind the curve and more risk averse. Buying Microsoft is an easier sale here.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft Just Leapfrogged Apple? [View article]
    The pricing is my understanding of the pricing ranges given at the event.
    Jun 20, 2012. 12:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Microsoft's Tablet Means For Dell And Hewlett-Packard [View article]
    Yes. Flash is a great thing to have on a mobile device if you want to drain the battery.
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Microsoft's Tablet Means For Dell And Hewlett-Packard [View article]
    Assuming the keyboard works it is a very nice touch.

    I notice in the hands on demo they were not allowed to use it..
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Microsoft's Tablet Means For Dell And Hewlett-Packard [View article]
    @jeffsters

    Why did your company choose Good? Was it the security aspect?
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:48 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Microsoft's Tablet Means For Dell And Hewlett-Packard [View article]
    @user409520

    #4 - Yes. I wonder how this impacts Microsoft's consumer and enterprise relationships. There are many angry companies out there: Dell, HP, etc.
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Microsoft's Tablet Means For Dell And Hewlett-Packard [View article]
    If all you want to do is run office then what is the value proposition?

    Microsoft already announced Office will ship in the fall for Android and iOS.
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:44 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Surface Is No Apple Killer, But It Will Hurt Computer OEMs [View article]
    This is exactly what Microsoft is trying to do.

    It is a bold move that will alienate its partners.
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Surface Is No Apple Killer, But It Will Hurt Computer OEMs [View article]
    The Palm acquisition was a shrewd move.

    Too bad HP fired the CEO who did the deal and his successor was clueless.
    Jun 20, 2012. 11:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Surface Is No Apple Killer, But It Will Hurt Computer OEMs [View article]
    1) Yes. Samsung sells more units and Apple makes more money. Not exactly kicking the ass.

    2) Yes. Microsoft is building 2 versions. It will be interesting how this plays out. Cost is a factor too.

    3) Yes. By selling a tangible product Microsoft can be more profitable if the quality is good.

    4) If I am Nokia I would be worried. Will Microsoft build a line of Microsoft phones next year?
    Jun 19, 2012. 04:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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