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NPCO
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11/15/2012 | 5:00:05 PM
re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
There's a contradiction in your article that's worth pointing out. Yes, enterprise customers will only be interested in the Surface Pro. And yes, Surface Pro might (likely will) miss the holiday shopping season. But those two facts do not equal Microsoft's tablet strategy being in complete disarray for the simple fact that the enterprise doesn't make or time their purchase decisions based on the holiday shopping season.

The consumer tablet (Surface RT) is available now and will be available through the holiday season when the target market (the consumer) will be most likely to treat themselves to a new toy.

The enterprise tablet (Surface Pro) will be available whenever it's ready, reliable and fully functional. The holiday shopping season doesn't matter because the enterprise doesn't buy tablets (or any equipment) as Christmas presents.

Sure, there IS consumer interest in Surface Pro, and they might loose out on some of that interest by missing the holiday shopping season, but that amount will likely be very small because the people who are most interested in Pro for it's ability to run x86 applications will wait for it. There's no choice - if you want to run x86, neither the RT, Android or for that matter, iOS tablets will do the job. For those who running x86 apps isn't important, they can buy the RT right now.

In other words, if you're not going to wait for the Pro, then you're not that interested in x86 compatibility, and if you're not interested in x86 compatibility, then the RT is available right now. If you're not interested even in RT, that speaks to the features and value of the tablet itself, which is an entirely different subject than simple availability.

I'm not saying Microsoft's Windows 8/tablet/mobile strategy in general is good or bad, but you're pasting together very disparate things to reach a specific conclusion.
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11/15/2012 | 4:59:32 PM
re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Some readers are making the point that Microsoft has previously stated that Surface Pro would ship 90 days after Surface RT. That's true, but that statement came *after* it said its goal was to have WinRT and Win8 Pro systems ship at the same time. I refer you to Sinofsky's blog, which I quote toward the end of the story.
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11/15/2012 | 4:59:00 PM
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Thank you for writing about this. I've been trying to buy a Windows 8 tablet since the 10/26 release and you can hardly find them anywhere. And it's not just the Surface Pro and Atom tablets that are MIA - you can't even find the iCore based touch enabled devices in stock anywhere. I've wondered why the press wasn't picking up on this story
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11/15/2012 | 4:56:05 PM
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The thing is, it's NOT news! In fact, it's plain poor journalism.

Microsoft made it VERY clear that the Surface Pro will be release 90 days after the Surface RT is released.
Tom V
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11/15/2012 | 4:51:23 PM
re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
I'm not a expert in Math but when Surface was introduced to the world, MS would release Surface Pro 90 days after the release of the RT version.

Surface RT was released on Oct 26th. So wouldn't the Pro version come some time around the end of January?

Is there an editor at Information Week that can fact check these doom-and-gloom articles before public release? Oh wait, you are the editor (at large).
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11/15/2012 | 4:48:04 PM
re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Seriously Paul? They said it's coming in January... Being that It's mid November, It's not supposed to be here. How are we expected to trust journalists or bloggers when everything they print is meant to be sensationalist?

"The delay, according to industry sources, has
thrown the company's tablet plans, and indeed much of its strategy
around Windows 8, into disarray."

Industry sources or educated industry sources? Did you talk with Phil personally?
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11/15/2012 | 4:40:08 PM
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Clover Trail tablet ATIV came into AT&T stores this week. I went in yesterday to look at phones and just noticed it there. It was nice while I messed with it... certainly not "unavailable for the holidays".
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11/15/2012 | 4:36:08 PM
re: Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Can't wait till it's out.
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11/15/2012 | 4:35:09 PM
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My thought exactly. This isn't news - it is merely a different spin on already existing information. But, the media pile-on begins now that there's a convenient narrative bandwagon on which to jump.
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11/15/2012 | 4:34:48 PM
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Might there be an ulterior motive for this article? The author seems to have ignored, or been ignorant of, what seems to be common knowledge.

From PC World (June 19, 2012) quote:

The Windows RT version of Surface is due to come out during the general release of Windows 8, which is expected in the fall, around October. The Surface Pro is scheduled for release about three months later, meaning in early 2013. Microsoft did not offer any specifics beyond these general time lines.

Did Microsoft say/do something to really irritate Info. Week?
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