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!