@Rich Well, it's that way with a lot of things that are very high priced when they first come out but become cheaper and better in new editions. Those who want to be first are paying the premium to say they have the very latest toys.
My view as a consumer on tabs:
Galaxy Tab: Good, but softeware is still crude
RIM Playbook: Great but screen is too small and does not link to cellular well
Amazon Kindle Fire: Great and nice links to the Amazon site to make shopping easy. Probably Apple's closest competitor so far
@Barbara: The new large size handsets from Samsung et all are very popular in Asia now. I think Samsung may have hit 0on a little differentiator ahead of the iPhone 5. This is thye kind of iterative innovation from all sides that will be hard for Apple to deal with long term
I reveiewed a Samsunbg Galxay tab and enjoyed playiong with it. Then gave it away. Ditto a RIM Playbook (which had muchy more sophisticated software) but it sits unused in the drawer today. I get eno0ugh screen time without a tab and when I need to compute its a handset for a quickie or a notebook for a full sized meal
@anandvy: I suspect Msoft may want to leave wiggle room to tweak the design before the GA of Win 8. Who knows, they might even kill it if some OEMs got fired up to do cool products with Win 8. They just want Win 8 toi be a winner in tablets
@Barbara/Bolaji/Rick (all): apart Apple, event happened recently are demonstrating vendors which are spending effort in both hw and OS, are facing strong crisis (Nokia, RIM), on the other side Samsung, by focusing on hw, is gaining success, has MSFT well evaluated impacts in playing both hw and sw?
@Bola: I think MS was desperate to get a good Win 8 tablet out. The NYT had a great report a couple weeks ago about their efforts with HP and how both companies dropped the ball at different stages and ways. So they wanted to get somethinhg out.
I give MS some credit for coming up with the new Metro interface. It shows willingness to innovate and a few good ideas, which is significant from such a big company and such an old Windows franchise, but frankly, the WebOSA people were doing about as well---and they didn't make a go of it.
Its really weird why MS hasnt been able to get a single partner. However, I think partner in the form of Nokia can be great considering both are struggling in their respective fields therefore the enthusiasm to make a come back is likely to be great.
Taiwan Inc. is already more in love with Google than Msoft for everythinhg from tablets on down. The necxt war may be over notebooks, but here the old Win productivity apps hold greater sway, and the notebook is usually provided by IT, whiloe the tablet is a consumer buy
Msoft has already alienated its OEMs. Taiwan OEMs told me last year they didn't see Win 8 as a strong contender for tablets because compared to Android you have a more expensive OS (not free) that needs more memory and processing and lacks the wealth of handset/tablet apps now in the Google store
Thank you EBN readers. We would love to have your comments and questions for Rick now. You can also direct questions at other members of the audience and EBN editors. Also, let's have your opinion as to the likely impact of this decision on Microsoft and the supply chain.
It's not too late to get into tablets, but it is hard.
Amazon did a fine job differentiating with Kindle Fire. Google/Asus did OK creating a Kindle Fire-alike and Samsunbg did a great job with an iPad like Tab Its very early days for tablets
While Rick is getting ready. Here are some numbers for us to chew on. The tablet PC market reached $35.3 billion in 2011 from as low as $9 billion only a couple of years earlier. It is expected the market will continue to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 10.6 percent per year through 2016.
Microsoft blew it. They had 20 years of making PCs with OEMs to establish deep, effective design relationships with OEMs.
When a big shift to smartphpones and tablets, turns out they could not work with any of them to muster a credible Windows X tablet, so they tried to do it themselves.
The result is a not even quick-to-markiet, undifferentated tablet that won't compete well with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Samsubng's Galaxy Tab or the new Nexus 7 from Google/Asus.
Even Amazon and Google, new at the hardware game have done a better job than Microosft Surface.
So, sorry Microosft, your are still baclk of the pack in the next wave of computing.
Rick Merritt has been covering and reporting on the electronics industry for decades. I first met Rick in 1999 when I joined UBM, the parent of both EE Times and EBN. At the time, Rick was the editor in chief at EE Times. Since then, he has transitioned to the position of editor-at-large for the publication and is considered an industry guru on OEMs. He will be addressing Microsoft's decision in this Live Chat. Please join me in welcoming Rick. Hi Rick
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