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David Brown
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re: Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
David Brown   10/24/2012 10:16:54 AM
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Microsoft can't afford another "success" like the XBox. It no longer has such large profit margins from the Windows and Office markets to compensate for the loses while building a Surface/RT market, and it can't expect such large returns once it has a solid market share (assuming that it succeeds). Remember, the XBox division of MS was an enormous lose for years while they built up a big enough user base to make money from licenses on XBox games. Embedded Windows of various sorts has been a similar financial lose - but it was an investment MS has been willing to make to gain control of new markets.

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re: Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
David Brown   10/24/2012 10:08:38 AM
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People who like to fuss about the support costs of Linux tend to forget about the support costs of Windows. Somehow you can remember about the maintenance costs of supporting a Linux desktop - but forget that a Windows desktop needs that too. You don't have to waste many days fixing broken or infected Windows systems before the TCO is sky-high.

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anon3860072   10/24/2012 1:13:27 AM
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Unfortunately, you and me are the lone wolves in the world of excessive consumerization. The excess is fueled further by the brain-damaged and field-distorting analysts, financiers, speculators of the modern world. In fact, Microsoft is doing something extraordinary with Win8. Other than Linux, this is the 2nd time in the history of technology that one single OS is used across mobile, server, desktop, embedded devices. In my humble opinion, Microsoft is the true innovator at this time, while Apple is simply a good manipulator.

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anon3860072   10/24/2012 1:08:21 AM
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These days, too many consumers simply don't care about what they are getting from the money spent. To those who buys on "value for money", it is obvious that Surface/RT offers far more value than iPad in terms of entertainment and productivity.

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anon3860072   10/24/2012 1:08:12 AM
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These days, too many consumers simply don't care about what they are getting from the money spent. To those who buys on "value for money", it is obvious that Surface/RT offers far more value than iPad in terms of entertainment and productivity.

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re: Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
xorbit   10/23/2012 8:29:33 PM
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Who said anything about cost? I'm well aware that there can be cost involved in using Linux. I was talking about open versus closed. What disturbs me is how willing people are to throw their money at closed and locked down systems over which they have no control. From the latter part of your comment it seems you agree with this sentiment. And at the end of the day, when it comes to having control, it is hard to deny that Linux IS the light.

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Quintadad   10/23/2012 8:00:30 PM
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Well Said!

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ReneCardenas   10/23/2012 7:58:49 PM
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The fingers and the dollars will do the final judging, and if there is enough room for new players. The way I see it, there are plenty of media consumers that are willing and able to pay for GUI candy, and a smaller market for developers and media producers. I just hope that the market forces do not just migrate and make the developers world too expensive to work on for new apps and embedded products.

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Jim Black   10/23/2012 5:07:59 PM
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Microsoft is not competeing against Apple. Microsoft is competeing against Google. The new GUI for Microsoft puts to rest the UI wars. It is all about the backend services folks.

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Jim Black   10/23/2012 5:04:37 PM
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I am a "right tool for the right job" kind of guy. I use linux to develop software, windows for documents, email, calendar and some software development. I need windows and I need linux. I have never found myslf needing an apple machine. Apple products have always been too expensive for me and never provided compelling features I could not find else where. In this day and age of connectivity, apple lags way behind. Microsoft has wisely spent CPU cycles on the backend and lightened the GUI cycles with the Metro style interface. While Apple loads down the machine with gobs of eye candy that do not add to the connectivity experience. Much to the chagrin of Apple folks, Microsoft is not competing with them. Microsoft is competeing against google. Remember the massive backend? It is all about the network, cloud, search, maps and social media. Apple's guru has passed and the Apple comunity has missed the boat. BTW, Microsoft has introduced Xbox music. So, please stop talking about buttons and backgounds and show me the online services you offer across all my devices!

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