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Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
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melgross
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melgross,
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12/10/2012 | 6:50:31 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
Comparing RT tablets to the iPad is useless. The two are very different. Apple doesn't promote the iPad as requiring a keyboard, whereas all we see in Microsoft's Ads for the RT is people dancing while clacking their keyboards on. A big question is whether people want a keyboard for their tablet, or whether that concept turns them off. If they don't get an expensive keyboard cover, do they really want to have to use a stylus for Office?

These things are important questions, but few people are addressing them. As you know Paul, millions of iPads have been bought directly by business and government agencies. Apple says that iPad sales are "being driven by business". An independent estimate from someone who wrote for one of the similar journals to this one, or possibly this one, has stated that about half of all iPad purchases have been made by business and government.

If true, and there is no reason to not believe it when reports from large companies as well as government agencies are reporting massive purchases, then this is telling us something profound. Several government agencies, Halliburton, SAP, and other large organizations have been replacing most of their notebooks with iPads, and have reported that the employees are more efficient, and even happier. It's being said that a properly software equipped iPad can replace 80% of what is done on a notebook. Apparently, for many organizations, that 20% isn't as important as is thought.

In addition, with Office not being directly available, we have to wonder if it's all that important after all. There are some excellent apps available for the iPad that take care of that problem with varying success, but it seems to be enough. If it's more widely understood, this is a major headache for Microsoft.

As for other legacy software, well, no one expects the iPad to run any of that, and it's a reason for its success. But Microsoft has the problem of people expecting to run that legacy software, even if its not a good idea on a tablet. They are stuck between two worlds.

While I think there is a place for RT and the Pro, I just don't see a very large market for either. We know about the problems with RT, but the Pro will have it's own. We're already seeing them with other manufacturer's tablets. People are forgetting the disaster that was the old Microsoft tablet, I.e., the Convertible. The problem there that concerns us is the difficulty of using Windows with a stylus on a small screen. Those old machines had screens between 13-15.4" in size, and if you ever used one, you will remember the frustration over tapping with a stylus on those small selection areas.

Now, with screens that measure between 10.6-11.6" in size, it will be much more difficult to use the classic desktop and its software than ever before.

This will become apparent next year. Good luck to them!
melgross
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melgross,
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12/10/2012 | 6:31:27 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
It's not inexplicable, when the hardware isn't ready. It's estimated that intel will be ready in early 2013. So it's waiting on them. But more conventional machines are available, and they aren't selling well either. There's that old problem of "gorilla arm". Perhaps people aren't eager to give that a try, and touch equipped machines cost so much more now. The two monitors that have it are both well above $1,000, close to $2,000 in the case of Hp's model. Both are well above what Windows PC buyers will spend.

And perhaps, people just don't want expensive touch, or more likely, stylus equipped Windows computers.
toothie007
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12/10/2012 | 12:13:33 AM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
You need to read your own post. Hopefully you will see why. "The client liked windows 8 ...Then can't endure upgrades for the sake of upgrade ... loss of productivity." Make up your mind about your point of attack.
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12/10/2012 | 12:01:19 AM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
Is the shortage causing reduced sales or is reduced sales causing the shortage? It seems strange that Intel might be having trouble producing chips. It is not surprising however that most companies do not want to invest in a mistake.If this article is accurate then the shortage certainly seems to be causing reduced sales but personally I do not trust what this article is saying.
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12/9/2012 | 9:34:05 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
I'm actually somewhat disappointed in not just the unavailability of Windows 8 on tablets, but having gone through and demo'd Windows 8 for a client that was looking to order a new PC - they liked it, so we ordered a new, brand-name system from one of the big 3... and it showed up with Windows 7, even though the order was placed right as Win 8 launched and was a custom order with deliver in mid November. Smaller organizations can't endure upgrades for the sake of upgrades when it results in loss of productivity - moral of the story, this system will be running Windows 7 for the next 5 years. Good thing, bad thing? Who knows at this point...

Andrew Hornback
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toothie007
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12/9/2012 | 4:48:04 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
Many have upgraded including me, and I know a few others as well. I am loving it. I am so happy I am able to think for myself, and did not listen to others. To each their own. Next!
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12/9/2012 | 2:30:13 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
Is it also possible that no one wants the upgrade to the existing user base because it offers nothing worth the price?
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12/9/2012 | 2:48:14 AM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
You can read a review of the Samsung ATIV Clover-Trail class Windows 8 tablet by searching for
review-samsung-ativ-smart-pc on winsupersite It is available at Amazon today.

It probably will take a few more months to clear the Windows 7 inventory before the Windows 8 systems get competitive pricing, and Surface Pro (Intel i5 ) is available in volume with the initial problems fixed. Just be a bit patient.
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12/8/2012 | 8:28:10 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
that's just Microsoft hooking its service into Facebook/Twitter APIs so you can see new updates, feeds, etc, but it's of limited functionality. For instance, you can't manage your profiles. There are no official Facebook or Twitter apps for Windows 8.
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12/8/2012 | 7:50:22 PM
re: Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
There are optimized facebook and twitter apps in windows 8. They are just not stand-alone apps. They are all integrated in what MS calls peoples hub. Stop telling lies. You are dishonest.
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