Well, Microsoft has proven - time and time again - that they can make good OSs, glitches, yes but overall, they are good OSs.
Building hardware isn't their strong point. Maybe they should go the Google way. Create the OS (android) and then partner with Asus to create the HW. I'm sure there are a few tablet makers that might think this is good business.
Microsoft has no choice but to get its game back together it wants to keep winning in the Software Space.
Btw,have you read this cool new article-Apparently,Orbitz directs all Mac Users to more expensive options than Windows Users,because apparently all Windows Users are more frugal with how they spend their money.
I was reading the latest Sales Figures(2011) for All electronic Devices and they clearly say while Sales of PCs ,Servers and Laptops are stagnating(growing at less than 10% Annually) Globally;Sales of Smartphones and Tablets are growing at More than 25% Annually!!!
If Microsoft has to maintain relevance in the Electronics/Software Space they have no choice but to enter these markets(Tablets and Smartphones) and enter Aggressively.
Its Enter these markets,compete aggressively with the leaders(Apple and Samsung) or Microsoft risks losing relevancy in this space.
Simply,Put the company will Die a slow and painful death otherwise
I think it is a smart move because Microsoft definitely has the knowledge of how a device should function in software level (Windows 8). Furthermore, if you see how the Market, and the people react in the presentation of the product absolutely it is an elegant move from Microsoft.
I picked Smart move though because Microsoft's Surface would probably be capable of cutting over-grown wings of iPad which i think the likes of HP and RIM ( both tablets now defunct ) failed to cut. But if Nokia phone is running on MS OS, why is Microsoft going "one-man army" in tablet market?
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