What part in particular do you think is absurd?
Swings and roundabouts.
Fifteen years ago, Mac forums were full of fans and geeks who claimed the Mac was clearly superior, though the sales figures said otherwise.
Today, we have MS forums where Windows fans and geeks claim the Surface is superior, even though Microsoft has already taken a billion dollar bath on it.
I think what both groups failed to understand is that a 'superior product' is not necessarily the same as a 'right product'.
The problem is that for the vast majority of consumers, the Surface appears to be the wrong product.
So what's the solution? Well, I can think of two options:
- Go back to the drawing board and build the 'right' product for the market they're aiming for.
- Look at the existing product and find which market it is the 'right' product for.
And they should try to play to their own strengths, not someone else's.
As much as I hate Microsoft the patent bully and all, it's saddening.
Also it seems that rapid iteration might work for msft as it did with software.
The problem is that the differences between versions 1 and 2 are very difficult to communicate to consumers, so I'm not expecting this new version to be any more successful than the last one, especially since it has many of the same problems as the original.
It is worth pointing out that the blogger was only looking at a single shop in San Francisco. It's possible that the launch would have been better received elsewhere.
@fanbaby: Strange. I've posted this before, but I'll post it again: my wife absolutely loves her ASUS VivoTab RT. No input lag, no weird crashes, and she has quite a few games from the store.
Either the author is lying, or his Surface RT is defective. The "no updates after 3 weeks" is especially fishy.
Or it could be that VivoTab RT is a better machine than the Surface RT
Sure, it's pretty evil.
But no more evil than Microsoft taking an open platform and closing it on their tablets in order to control the applications market.
And certainly no more evil than Apple and their abuse of their appstore/iPhone near-monopoly to subsidize other parts of their business like iTunes (e.g. this, today). Why the DoJ doesn't sue is beyond me, given they have a fairly good precedent.
I miss the era when you could buy a laptop and that was the last time you had to give Microsoft or Dell any money if you didn't want to.
And where if your friend wrote an app and wanted to charge you $5 for it, he'd get all of the $5.
Sad times we live in
Your argument is flawed in three main areas:
The iPhone/Appstore isn't a near-monopoly; its share of the market is less than that of Android. In fact, Apple has never had a majority share of the smartphone market.
Even if it was a monopoly then the law wouldn't apply, because Apple owns the whole platform. HMV is free to run its shop on another platform (which they have).
Apple doesn't use any part of its business to subsidise any other parts of its business, because each of Apple's business divisions runs at an obscene profit. That's just an aside because your statement is actually meaningless unless you know how Apple runs its operations internally, which of course, you don't.
It's a tricky one, and one solution would be to come up with laws to go after companies who have a monopoly on profits… but I think we have those already: taxes.
But this thread is not about what I would like Microsoft to do. That's irrelevant. It's about whether or not it makes sense for Microsoft to do what it's doing given it's new business model. I personally don't give a flip one way or another if they succeed or fail in this endeavor to become a "devices and services" company. As long as Microsoft continues to provide the tools I like to use, even if they become an ancillary part of their business, I'll continue to use them.
I don't think there is any danger of Microsoft abandoning development tools, if that's what you mean.
The RDP thing? As DeathByVisualStudio explained, they have little choice:
It maintains loyalty. Those that have iOS and Android tablets will have less of a reason to drop Office and find something that works with their hardware. The days of using Office as the leverage for keeping folks on Windows is over. Just look what the inclusion of Office did for Surface RT. [crickets]
I've witnessed this personally, any time there is a layoff or other BS, it's always the non-tech people are affected. Tech people and their special pay and benefits are typically unaffected, even the incompetent ones who probably should be getting laid off.
Computer scientists out of college are pretty much guaranteed a job at above the average per capita. Try doing that as a journalist major, you have to practically be a rock star to get a coveted journalist position paying $20-25k a year. And still worry about getting laid off next month.
You make it sound as if IT is some elitist field that is very difficult to break into. That is not the case.