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Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
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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 | 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 | 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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1/27/2014 | 10:23:05 AM
Re: Poor horse for Microsoft
@OilGeo, you are pretty much mistaken on all accounts.  The Surface Pro 2 doesn't NOT compete with the MacBook, its a slate (tablet) not an ultrabook plus it (surface Pro 2) doesn't compete period with ANY Apple product.  The Surface Pro doesn't have the features to compete with the iPad Air, or even the iPad 1 or 2 for that matter.  Not the same weight, thickness, screen resolution, processor speed, memory, you name the feature and the Surface or Surface Pro don't even come close.  The Surface Pro 2 is the only Microsoft product to compete head to head with the iPad (any model).  The RT is a failure from a sales point of view.  Even at $300 nobody wants it.  It's an Edsel.  Can you say "Zune"?

There is a reason there are over 200 million iPads in the market.  There are alternatives to Window's based software particularly Office.   Most of the iPads used by businesses use specialty applications designed for the iPad because windows slates sucked.  As far as I know nobody wants to run AutoCAD, Pro Engineer or any other high powered graphic intense software on a touch tablet or slate.  It they did the iPad Air could handle the work much better than any Surface product.  

Here's what's going to happen.  Microsoft will continue to dominate in the corporate market while Google and Apple continue to hand Microsoft its hat in the consumer market.  Eventually Microsoft will begin to loose in the corporate market as well.   MS has lost its customer focus.  Test marketing of Win8 provided MS early signs their OS wasn't liked but continued unchanged anyway. Everything MS tries to do is about maximizing profit (which is the capitalist way) however not listening to customers is a formula for disaster.  So far MS has one disaster after another because they want to sell what they want to sell not what customers want to buy.  GM and Ford learned this lesson very late allowing their 91% market share to fall to barely 40% between the two now.  Same is happening to Microsoft unless they start listening to customers but so far a billy club is needed to get MS to pay attention to customers.
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1/27/2014 | 11:05:31 AM
Re: Business sales?
Office 2013 is suppose to be finger friendly but I haven't tried it and yes it should have been available at the launce of Surface. I still use Office 2003 with really no need to keep upgrading versions. Maybe when Office 2013 is bundled free with a Surface Pro 2 I might try it but at $2000 plus itís out of my budget. I think Microsoft would be better off offering a version of Office 2013 on an iPad or Android as there's about 500 million of these in the market and only a few thousand Surfaces.
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1/27/2014 | 11:19:10 AM
Re: Poor horse for Microsoft
When you buy a car, don't you car about its features? Do you dismiss comfort, fit, price, and finish as they are not that noticeable?

You need to get more familiar with the iPad Air.  Its chip runs circles around an i5 chip.

OfficeSuite Pro 7 from mobi for iPad or Android

MS blew the Xbox1 launch too and only changed because customers used that billy club I was talking about.
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1/27/2014 | 4:10:57 PM
Re: Poor horse for Microsoft
The A7 is a dual-core CPU/quad-core GPU SoC (System on Chip) and aside from the A7 there's another much smaller processor called the M7 dedcated to manage motion. The iPad Air performs 59% faster than the iPad 4 in the 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited CPU and GPU test and 91% faster in Geekbench 3 tests. 

There are 28 different versions of the i5 chip and 13 different verions of the i5 Haswell.  The Surface Pro 2 was released with the i5-4200U, a 1.6 GHz part that can hit 2.6 GHz in "Turbo" mode.  The newest Surface Pro 2 now come with a i5-4300U processor, which runs at 1.9 GHz, or 2.9 GHz in Turbo.  The graphics is done by Intel HD Graphics 4400 at 200 MHz.  These are nothing to write home to mom about but certainly much better than 2012 Surface products.

Comparisons are hard to make. 


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