re: Microsoft Surface Pro Price Drops $100
There is nothing distinctive about Microsoft's offerings to appeal to consumers. Since an ultra book or small laptop is actually more useful and significantly cheaper than a Surface Pro, and a Surface RT is effectively crippled, Microsoft is a victim of its own operating system success. When I have to refresh my laptop, I will be getting a laptop and not a surface pro. Dell has a decent laptop with a touch screen for $400 and it runs the full version of all MS software. A surface pro runs about $1000 or so. It is no mystery why MS tablets have struggled.
It seems like everything Microsoft and the net has been late in arrival. They were late with their browser, late accepting common standards, late moving products in general to the net, late with a music player, late with phones, late in getting cloud offerings, and late with a functional tablet. It seems they have forgotten one of the keys to success - be early!
Many of Microsoft's products are very good, but since they are playing catch up rather than leading they cannot steal enough market to make a difference. Rather than being just "very good," they would have to revolutionary. Nothing Microsoft has produced recently could be called revolutionary. Fortunately for them their OS still dominates the enterprise.