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Microsoft's Next Surface Pro: Comeback Kid?
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Palpatine
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Palpatine,
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9/20/2013 | 4:45:17 AM
re: Microsoft's Next Surface Pro: Comeback Kid?
yes, i'm talking of next gen intel delay past xmas... good move wintel, everyone will wait :)
rradina
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9/13/2013 | 3:54:45 PM
re: Microsoft's Next Surface Pro: Comeback Kid?
I thought the current slabs were 64-bits. I thought loading them with 32-bit software was a Win 8 limitation that's supposed to be fixed in Q1 2014. Aren't the Atoms 64-bit? I thought they just don't work with Win64 because of some Win issue. Could be wrong but I thought that's what I read.
Palpatine
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9/13/2013 | 4:40:48 AM
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if he bet the company on vistabob, i expect any insane betting in his future...
and, with intel delaying 64 bit slabs to q1 2014, bye bye xmas, says w8.1, so don't speak the "b" world too loudly!
rradina
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9/11/2013 | 7:18:23 PM
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That only applies to pro sport's figures that spend like they are always going to get a $10M signing bonus and don't get injured for the next 10 years.

I'm not sure it's possible for Balmer to spend beyond his means. It's a bit like Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions.

Unless Microsoft goes bankrupt, his stock dividends alone are probably more than any of us could even imagine spending. When you spend that kind of money, what you buy retains its value or even increases in value.

Unless he decided to blow billions running for president, I'm not sure it's possible for him to spend all of his money. Even spending a few billion in politics barely scratches his net worth. When Microsoft's stock rose after announcing his retirement, someone reported his net worth increased billions and billions.
Palpatine
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Palpatine,
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9/11/2013 | 5:00:13 AM
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money is a strange beast, even when it is enough, even when it is a lot, it is never ever too much.
rradina
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rradina,
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9/11/2013 | 12:44:31 AM
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Balmer posting resumes? Is that what you meant? If so, until he becomes bored to tears with retirement, he's not fretting over finding a new job.
rradina
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rradina,
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9/10/2013 | 2:22:00 PM
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That doesn't make sense. If the tablet is a pass-thru device, are we affirming the HUMAN interfaces it offers (either natively or through add-ons) is good enough for "real" work? Does that then mean the native software is the primary issue? If software is the issue, why isn't Microsoft's product flying off the shelf?

Most folks claim using desktop UIs on a tablet is not productive. If we assume that's true, why would remoting to a desktop through a tablet be more productive than using a desktop on a tablet (i.e. what Win 8 Pro + Surface Pro offers)?
Bob124
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9/10/2013 | 1:07:07 PM
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wht - Tablet users in general, who want to productive doing PC work, will not be as productive on a tablet. Answering an email is fine, or even surfing the net, if that is your job - is okay on a tablet. But to be productive - most people will remote into their desktop or virtual desktop for a better user experience. The device (phone or tablet), is then a pass thru device.
my 2 cents.
Palpatine
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Palpatine,
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9/10/2013 | 6:28:56 AM
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Oh yeah Ballmer, you now know how to post on Disqus, now back to sending resumees... :)
Michael Endler
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9/9/2013 | 10:48:21 PM
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Yep, and you're not the only one. I think that's one reason analysts think convertibles are going to become popular in 2014. All those old computers are going to die after a while, and not everyone can just replace theirs with a tablet. I wouldn't be surprised if form factors like the Lenovo Yoga's become more popular. But again, I'm also skeptical that any single form factor will become ubiquitous. Some might just carve out larger niches than others.
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