Mr. Roques: I agree with you that MS usp is that its products can be seamlessly integrated with enterprise products like Office, Outlook etc.
Howvever, this does not mean that they would have a high marketshare because the perception of the consumer goes with the stats. Since, apps for the mobile platform are not that common for MS consumers either prefer iOS or Android.
When you go with a company that has <4% market share, you'd expect the app environment to be the same way
@Mr. Roques, why can't we install the existing softwares directly on this tablet ? Why Do we need another app when we can directly install the softwares because windows 8 is common to all kind of devices.
I believe that should be Microsoft's biggest selling point. Full integration with their Office products.
The bad thing is that marketshare has big influence in consumer decisions. When you go with a company that has <4% market share, you'd expect the app environment to be the same way... Microsoft can pay companies to develop apps for them but you can't pay all.
@Laurie, I am also eagerly looking forward for Windows 8 tablet. Currently I dont own any tablets because the interface of android based tablet is pretty similar to the smartphone I have. So I would like to buy a tablet which is more powerful and userfriendly. I am sure windows 8 tablet will have those features.
Bolaji and Ariella: I have an iPad. Rather than use it like most. It has become storage drive for digital movies. I think I would use a Windows tablet more often than Apple. Although my first computer was an Apple, I moved to Windows and didn't look back. Aside from the Xbox, Microsoft hasn't had much luck in getting consumers to adopt its hardware products. The idea to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. would give the company more control of the quailty.
Ariella, That's the lure. Microsoft wants to play to its strength. It already has an installed user base. The PC partners it had were obviously failing to compete against Apple so it feels it can do a better job. Failure to do something could mean the end of its role in the PC market if smaller form factor devices overtake desktops, notebooks and ultrabooks.
@tirlapur Yes, I can see going for a Windows tablet because I am used to working with its setup on my home PC and woudl expect to pick up on ioperating it faster than I would with a completely new system.
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