re: Windows 8 Tablets: Will The Price Be Right?
Microsoft does have a big problem here. There is no question that tablets are stunting PC sales. But if Microsoft sells Win8 at "Starter" pricing as they have for netbooks, they will begin to shrink their sales and profits. That's something they want to avoid at all costs.
But there is no evidence that people will like this OS. In fact, on the tech sites, Windows users seem to be united against it. I think it will be very confusing to consumers, as they will go into the store thinking it's Windows, which it's clearly not. Remember when Asus first came out with netbooks. It was the beginning if the recession, and a lot of people wanted cheaper computers, so they bought a lot of them. When they took them home and found they wouldn't run their Windows programs, they brought them right back. That could happen here.
Then, of course, x86 Windows tablets will have the same old problem. You can't run Windows on a tablet with a stylus in a useful way. This didn't work with 13 and 15" screens on the Convertables, and it will be even harder on an 11.6" screen as we see on the new tablets (some as small as 10").
Microsoft really has their work cut out for them here. Win 8 was rushed to compete with Apple, and that's never a good reason.