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Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
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concrete
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1/23/2014 | 5:44:23 AM
Re: Business sales?
The latest generation of Windows ads for tablets make a big deal out of being able to use MS Office fully. This should have been the main thing they pushed on launch and there should have been a finger friendly version of office ready at launch
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1/22/2014 | 3:12:20 PM
Re: Microsoft needs to push an alternative vision of portable computing
>Why on earth would you buy a tablet expecting a desktop experience?  Do you travel by air expecting >a train experience?  (although that may be what you get these days with air travel) This is the >mistake Microsoft is making with their tablets, the same experience reguardless of the "windows" >device with a UI that's best for none (touch or point and click)

 

Exactly, the experience should not be the same, that is one of my points; when you plug in a big screen, mouse and keyboard, you should get a desktop experience, not the touch expeirence; trying to combine the two experiences into one UI is the mistake MS made with Windows 8.x;

When in touch mode, you get a touch-optimized UI, when in desktop mode, you get a desktop-optimized UI.

BUT it would be quite handy to not have to carry around multiple devices. Once device to rule them all?

Incidently, take a look at this, maybe not quite there yet, but you can see a glimmer of what the future might look like, people really love this device:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Venue-Pro-Tablet-Windows/dp/B00FFVYV4K

 

 
SaneIT
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1/22/2014 | 8:38:27 AM
Re: Business sales?
I think the confusion is one of the reasons the Surface Pro isn't selling well. I know a handful of people who have them and they love them.  I just purchased one and I'm waiting for it to be delivered.  The difference between RT and Pro haven't been presented well and when I try to describe the difference to people the first comment I get is "so the RT version is a stripped down version"  I know that wasn't Microsoft's intention but RT versions are being seen as Windows lite or as limited use devices.  I think in their push to get a homogeneous feel across every device they fired some shots at their own feet.  Time will tell if any of those shots hit home.
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rradina,
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1/21/2014 | 6:53:48 PM
Re: Poor horse for Microsoft
Check the SP2 battery specs.  The reviews I read claimed 6 hours w/constant video playback.  Typical use cases exceed 8 hours.  It's better to express dimensions in common terms.  There are 25.4mm/inch.  Based on your inch figure, the SP2 roughly half that at ~13mm.
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1/21/2014 | 6:30:02 PM
Re: Business sales?
I think it was the Surface "1" RT for $199 (i.e. the debut model running on ARM).
Thomas Claburn
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1/21/2014 | 4:29:53 PM
Re: Microsoft needs to push an alternative vision of portable computing
> I do NOT think the desktop is dead in any way

The desktop isn't dead, but it's not likely to be a growing market.
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1/21/2014 | 2:03:05 PM
Re: Microsoft needs to push an alternative vision of portable computing
Why on earth would you buy a tablet expecting a desktop experience?  Do you travel by air expecting a train experience?  (although that may be what you get these days with air travel) This is the mistake Microsoft is making with their tablets, the same experience reguardless of the "windows" device with a UI that's best for none (touch or point and click)
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1/21/2014 | 1:17:31 PM
Poor horse for Microsoft
iPad Air 128GB is 799.  A Surface Pro 2 128GB is $999.  The iPad is one pound and 7.5 millimeters thick with a 10 hour battery life.  The Surface Pro 2 is 0.52 inches thick, is two pounds with a 6 hour battery life.  iOS 7 is as intuitive as it can get.  Windows 8.1 is as un-intuitive as it gets.  Poor and out dated technical features built on an UI nobody likes at a price few want to pay. These are Microsoft's biggest problems. 
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1/21/2014 | 1:07:14 PM
Re: Business sales?
The windows aspect of a tablet is a bit more confusion because not only has Windows RT done badly but Windows 8 has also not performed well on the desktop. If windows 8 was as good as win 7 then it would have been a bit easier to gauge the value of a windows tablet based on its OS.
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1/21/2014 | 12:53:52 PM
Re: Business sales?
Yes you are right. I was searching online and the average prices for the surface pro 2 that I found was $850. I do recall that before the holidays an article was up here about a $199 surface, I guess it was also the surface 2 and not the surface pro 2. 

Yes Microsoft should not be keeping such similar names considering that anyone who is writing off tablets as not being productive might assume that the pro 2 is also the same. The surface 2 does fit the criteria of a consumption device. Firstly, like you said about the weak processor and secondly, it does not support legacy application.

 
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