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.