Originally the Origami was specified to be a device that could be sold for around $500.00. The final product was in the $1200.00 range and didn't have enough screen real estate to be useful. Then the netbook entered and canibalism of the UMPC market ensued.
I still have my Q1U and yes I have upgraded to 7. It still performs horribly even with the 2gb of ram added. I will probably slap xp tablet on it and see if the performance gains are there.
Overall MS has been making slow evolutionary progress to touch UI's and can easily be seen in the office ribbon. Unfortunately, until we have a tablet that can sense when the hand is resting on it for writing and when it's there for touch input, I am afraid
we won't see the vision of the clipboard computer.
Bass, I never considered the device in a 400 student scenario. In those cases it would be a lecturer's dream come true. Most of the time I encountered it was in scenarios of classrooms of 30.
On a side note, I see that
grava has made it out of CTP and is on its way to beta. I will be excited to see what the final product will look like. If it has blackboard conectivity, I can see educators making a bee line to scoop it up if it does have an office like ease to it.
It only took 3 years.
You know, Microsoft makes significantly less money from netbooks then other computers. The netbook revolution started with a Linux-based OS by Asus. Microsoft needed to kill that fast, so they started offering special deals to OEMs. And they did a pretty
good job pushing Linux off the desktop, but Google, Intel, and others aren't giving up this chance to unseat Windows so easily, and they don't intend to charge royalties like Microsoft does. Microsoft is going to have to keep their prices down to appease the
It's very much a race to zero and I don't think Microsoft really wants to lose something that contributes something like 30% of their revenue and even more of their profit.They can't rely on netbooks as a safe revenue source. Intel is the ones making the
big bucks from that with their Atom monopoly. They can give the OS for free.
Apple seems to know what they are doing. They are currently the #2 biggest tech focused company in the world in market capitalization, and #1 in total assets. Compare to 10 years ago, when it looked like they were in the toilet. They successfully carved
out a niche in a world dominated by a very large company, and somehow gained explosive growth at the same time. Meanwhile, Microsoft's revenues and profits continue to decline.