re: Windows 8 Tablets Could Be Risky Business
It is not too late to get into any business. Afterall, Apple was failing until Microsoft pumped $125 million in investment into it, which eventually led to growth of of the former (Apple). That said, Microsoft is not late. Actually, this is the right move for Microsoft. According to their CEO, they are all in (cloud, smartphone, etc). Right now, Office 365 is selling like hotcake. I subscribed to it, which cost me about $24.00 per month. But the price is right, until I find something better. Meanwhile, you get Exchange, Lync Sharepoint, and even to download Office Plus Professional to 5 devices (call it computer or any device if you wish). I refused to buy iPad until Microsoft comes up with its own tablet. I bought an Android (EVO) at one time from Sprint, and I returned it. I am waiting for Windows 7.5 (Mango), and I plan to subscribe to it, in a couple of months.
Microsoft is a great company. Actually, the cloud environment has provided Microsoft with a better way to make money. It is just like the phone company: You subscribe, and you pay. With cloud, MS will rule. They have their own OS, with legions of programmers and customers. Yep, some software can be free, but I'm not going to bet on them until someone is ready to provide some services. Nothing is free anyway. There is a price to pay.
Anyway, in order to keep the innovation going, someone has to get paid. And to get paid, the product by that person or company has to be bought by another person or another company. No payment, no innovation or no job!
Paul, you need to do your research before posting into your column. Have a nice day.