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anon7870296090
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2/1/2014 | 9:57:02 AM
Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
This story doesn't make much sense to me.  Is Microsoft selling Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba tablets?  How can Microsofft set prices for other manufacturers?
jlint3024
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2/1/2014 | 10:04:24 AM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
Yes, MS has retail stores (brick/motar & web) that sells MS products as well as other brands of PC/tables/etc.     The reduction is *only* in the MS stores - other retail outlets set the price of these devices in their stores - Fry, Best Buy, Newegg, etc. 
Michael Endler
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2/1/2014 | 10:32:31 AM
Update from Microsoft on the tablet sale duration and availability
Microsoft sent us a note with more details about the promotion. If you're interested in these deals, you'd better act fast-- the Dell Venue 8 Pro discount is only scheduled to last until February 2, and the other discounts are slated to run until February 9.

The discounted prices are valid both at Microsoft's physical retail locations and in its online store. As noted in the article, the tablets are similar in terms of specs, so before buying, it's advisable to check out the device in person, even if you intend to order online.

Speaking of Microsoft sales, the company is also offering the original Surface Pro for $499 at the moment. Not quite as budget-friendly as the Atom-based tablets highlighted in this article, but not a bad deal if you've been waiting for prices on higher-end Windows tablets to fall.
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2/1/2014 | 10:36:35 AM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
Microsoft's online and physical stores sell not only Microsoft's own products (e.g. Surface, Xbox), but also products from Microsoft partners (e.g. Windows tablets from other OEMs, even 3-D printers). With the current promotion, Microsoft is actually undercutting the prices you'd get direct from Dell or one of the other manufacturers, or that you'd find at big box retailers.
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2/3/2014 | 1:12:19 AM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
I do appreciate the strategy from MS. Cutting the price of Windows 8.1 tablet device will have it to prevail in the market. Windows is still the dominating OS nowadays and MS should take advantage of it. With Windows 8.1 on tablet, the business users can easily continue their work without changing his/her own habit. They can use MS Office, etc. just as normal. Currently I am waiting for the new generation of MS Surface Pro with reasonable price - currently it's still a little bit too thick.:-)
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2/3/2014 | 9:18:14 AM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
I think the one thing Microsoft needs to be careful with is showing the difference between a Window 8 RT device and a Windows 8 pro device.  I have a pro device and I love it.  It has replaced my desktop and laptop.  An RT version would just frustrate me becasue of the tools I need that don't exist on the ARM platform yet.  I don't think the RT devices are useless but if you're expecting the full Windows experience it is going to let you down.
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2/3/2014 | 12:12:27 PM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
That's true; their ads sort of went from poorly communicating the difference to not communicating it at all. Everything in current ads is just "the new Windows." Microsoft is still doing a better marketing job with 8.1 than it did with 8, granted, but yeah, their messaging still needs to be better regarding RT differentiation. Then again, there are only three RT devices currently on the market, so perhaps that's why explains some of Microsoft's marketing choices.


Interesting that you were able to replace both your laptop and desktop. The smaller dimensions of most Windows tablets doesn't get in the way? Are you using some kind of dock and monitor? I think the "3-in-1" use case for a device like the Surface Pro 2 is pretty interesting, but the "2-in-1" use cases have been too limiting for me. I'd be curious to learn more about what you've been able to do with your new device.
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2/3/2014 | 12:42:35 PM
Too fast to turn around?
It feels like the momentum behind Windows 8 is simply too much to turn around at this point; it's had the Vista treatment since its release, even if people are coming around to it a bit more now. 

I feel like Microsoft will need to release Windows 9 to have much of a shot of getting people on board with a new OS. Wipe the slate clean and start again. 

Preferably with a start button. 
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2/3/2014 | 12:49:58 PM
Re: Too fast to turn around?
Microsoft will have to admit it was wrong about there being no difference between desktop point and click computing and mobile touch computing before they have any success with Windows 9.  I don't see that happening any time soon.
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2/3/2014 | 8:22:30 PM
Re: Microsoft selling other companies' tablets?
To me the major benefit of MS tablet is the full Windows experience so that I can handle my daily work. Frankly speaking, for other use cases such as reading e-books or entertainment, I would prefer iPad mini, which has a more fancy look and is of lighter weight. So Windows RT tablet is not my dish.:-(
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