Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 19 Jun 2012.
Of course it looks the same its a tablet (which cant be any other shape than rectangular) with a keyboard on. Why should anyone be allowed to patent that? :/
You havent been following Apple vs. Samsung?
You'd think that a tablet with a keyboard wouldn't be patentable since there's prior art. Just look at the first iPad accessories - keyboards, keyboards everywhere. Microsoft doesn't have much to worry about there.
The real meat of the patent is stuff that MS doesn't infringe upon - the display and touchpads incorporated into the cover. Neat feature, but I doubt we'll see it on any future Apple products in its current form.
I know they have done, but I don't think they should have been able to do it in the first place. If only apple can make a rectangular tablet, they won't advance as fast as 100+ manufacturers making tablets. And all consumers want is better tablets.
I am pretty sure the issue with the licensing agreement between Apple and Samsung failed only because the insane amount Apple asked - $40 per device is way too much. Microsoft asks $15 for all of their relevant patents, and that is only if the manufacturer (HTC, Samsung) wouldn't make Windows Phone 7 phones. And i am pretty sure that the Apple/MS agreement wasn't priced at $40 per device either.
Saturate the market with RT, then leave desktop as legacy and collect 20-30% of app sales.
Not legacy, professional (as the moniker "Pro" suggests).
Look, the ordinary muggles, you know: the Facebookers, The casual web browsers and emailers, the twenty-to-fortysomethings who are always on their mobiles or laptops without actually having a clue of what's inside those things (that informative little sticker stating Intel Inside notwithstanding) will be happy with Metro apps. RT is just the ticket for them --they want nothing more.
For those who need full-blown productivity applications there is the good ol' desktop. Pro is for them.
Two levels for two different consumer targets. Makes sense, no? In the long run these two will converge. I already have an idea of how they are going to meld the desktop and Metro together. It makes sense. Will solve a bunch of problems.
Honestly, Surface Pro for 700€ would make me very happy, because i expected them to be sold around 1000€. Surface Pro is ideal for my use case - i rarely need a portable device, but when i need it, i need something which can run generic Windows apps (Eclipse/JDownloader). Sure, it will be a bit uncomfortable to use it on 10" display, but i will rather be a bit uncomfortable once in a time than to drag a 13-15" laptop everywhere.
Looking forward to that gadget..........
Microsoft may finally be tweaking on to the notion that distribution and availability matter to sales.
Then again other analysts suggest that Microsoft never aimed to sell four million units in the first few months (Paul Thurrot suggests the same), but to primarily generate awareness of and interest in the whole Windows 8/WP8/XBox ecosystem. Surface is part of a very long game, that we are only just seeing the start of.
Better realise that "if potential customers cant purchase a device they wont buy it" late than ever?
There has been some interesting responsiveness by Microsoft lately. Some reorganisation is going on...
Microsoft Surface now on sale at retailers in France
Surface Pro, unboxing, first impressions, reviews, ... :
Once the get it into the thickness and weight of the lower power stuff I am picking one up, it's just a bit heavy at the mo.
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