re: Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
Michael, was Windows 8 a surprise to Dell, HP, Toshiba, Sony, etc...? NO. It was on the horizon for years. I recently bought a $600 Dell Latitude 10 running Win8 Pro that's 10x the tablet that my $600 iPad ever was. I can run Office 2013 and essentially any other app I want. Yes, it has a slow Atom CPU, but tablets are not extreme gaming systems. I also deliberately did not buy a keyboard to force myself out of the traditional keyboard/mouse world. For the past month I've used it exclusively for things I would have used my iPad for as well as for mundane tasks like e-mail and web browsing. I've also used it to edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and even a couple of PowerPoint presentations. I also remote to my desktop and have toyed with, though admittedly not very successfully, Sibelius 7 to edit a couple of music scores (that really requires a mouse for ultra fine dexterity).
Anyway, I've said this before, the press has more to do with adoption than anyone else. If you guys had taken the time to use Windows 8, customize it, and share what works with the public rather than just deriding it from day one people would be much happier. Take Vista for example, you guys jumped on board with the Apple commercials hook, line, and sinker and yet if you were running the right hardware Vista worked, and continues to work well, but positive press has been proven to not drive viewers. If it did CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc... would report on good things going on in the world instead of jumping from one negative story to the next day after day minute after minute.