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ANON1238069211759
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9/23/2013 | 12:46:13 PM
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DEHH462
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9/22/2013 | 12:23:40 PM
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Here's what I want. A device connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse on my desk that "senses" when my tablet is in close proximity (on the desk or even still in my briefcase). The device will automatically connect to my tablet and turn on the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I actually want two of these devices, one for the office and one for my office at home.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:20:18 AM
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I don't agree. We can see by their redefining themselves as a devices and services company, that they did intend real sales for this. The fact that they failed is not a reason to say that it was never intended.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:17:50 AM
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What high interest? I don't see any. So, yes, we get some fanboys posting, but that's not real interest. I would bet that none of them own a Win 8 tablet, and that most have never seen one.
melgross
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9/21/2013 | 1:15:42 AM
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What is with you Linux guys? Nobody wants Linux. That's been pretty clear for years. It has its place, but not in the consumer world.

Get over it already!
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:56:44 PM
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I completely agree with you about RT. Nothing like it existed (in the MS world) before and it needs - or needed to be depending on how one views history - a trail blazer.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:53:27 PM
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I agree with your thoughts. We live in the increasingly complex world of tech - that originally (and ironically) was supposed to make our lives simpler. Converging UI's seems to be a natural way to get back some of that original idea.
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9/20/2013 | 7:45:22 PM
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Indeed, Apple doesn't seem to be arguing. Though the execution is wildly different than Microsoft's, Apple seems intent on collapsing iOS and OS X to some degree, at least based on some of the documentation the company released for developers regarding 64-bit apps. Microsoft's one OS vision isn't intrinsically bad-- it's the way and extent to which it gets applied that should be critiqued. Google seems to be headed in the same way too. In the multi-screen world, I think everyone is going to have "one OS" elements, to varying (and often large) extents.
Michael Endler
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9/20/2013 | 7:40:47 PM
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Good point. The Surface Pro has been measured against mass market expectations-- but I really think Microsoft intends it as a niche product, and as an OEM motivator, as you said. I still think Microsoft hoped to sell more of them, but the context isn't irrelevant.

For Surface RT, though, I think the "niche product" excuse is much less applicable.
AustinIT
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9/20/2013 | 7:38:46 PM
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"write off"

When you say that Surface is "not on par" with iPad and Android, where do you think they fall short?
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