@DeathByVisualStudio: I don't understand your question, unless you have never heard of Office for Windows. But I suspect you have, so I'm back at "I don't understand your question."
You can't just neglect the difference half-price makes, especially in the hundreds of dollars.
Cost aside, only the IdeaPad is comparable in my mind. Chromebooks have screens above 11", and all but the IdeaPad are below that. Tablets that don't have keyboards built-in are top heavy when docked, meaning they either need a stand or a weighted keyboard. Chromebooks feel more sturdy on a desk.
@DeathByVisualStudio: And I'm done arguing with you on this topic. I never intended to get in argument after argument with you over this. I asserted an opinion. If you don't like it, get over it.
It doesn't matter which of us is right, because we're both guessing intention. I feel these people aren't dumb as rocks, you disagree. We agree to disagree.
Except the rejection of Windows 8 by business (because it wasn't for them)... no, I didn't assert any of those things. And they didn't have much to do with what I said, so I don't see your point.
Had W8 been a success and the start screen been received with accolade you wouldn't see Microsoft rushing back to add the start button and then anti-up in adding the start menu and making Windows Store apps run on the desktop.
That's your opinion; I believe they would have.
They tried to leverage their existing user-base of desktop users and turn them into Windows Store app users all the while ignoring the hardware at the users disposal (mouse, keyboard, no touch).
Pay attention, I've already stated that marketing it as if it were the successor of Windows 7 is one of the main problems they had.
The reality is you actually have to put out a better product than the competition rather than the continual beta versions of Windows and WP that Microsoft has been doing in order to successfully own the Apple attitude.
Not that I really disagree, but both Apple and Google are well known for putting out beta software for the masses.
I like where the Microsoft ecosystem is going, but I don't like where it is. The same stands for Google and Apple. None of them meet all my needs/wishes, so I use a bit of each. (Really the main reason I'm a Microsoft fan is because I'm a .NET developer. Frankly I'd probably change allegiances if my work moved me that direction.)
What I missed most going to modern mobile phones: the ability to automatically set the ringer to silent based on calendar events.
I remember when I upgraded my 1MB/month plan to 5MB, and felt such a relief that I could generally check work emails without having to worry about data overages.
I think WP is ok, the only problem I have it is, it is still freaking WP8. Ok, lets assume everyone did the dev preview and get WP8.1, it is still a freaking WP8.
I don't know what MS is thinking, but, that is entirely idiotic to not increase the full number per 2 years. Just completely idiotic.
This is the primary reason I am hesitant to get a WP device. I already regret getting a Motorola phone that didn't see a point release in over a year; at least with iPhone, I was always confident that I would see major releases throughout my contract and well past it.
That is exactly what I'm saying. That's what I've said for some time now. In fact, that's what I said TO YOU a while back in another discussion, when you were complaining that Microsoft has no strategy except to push away their stable base of enterprise users. I told you that Microsoft has a long term strategy, first to get into the tablet market at all costs and then to refocus on business users soon after. That's exactly what they are doing. "Told you so."
- Put Windows RT on a slim, lightweight hardware configuration similar to Chromebooks (with a similar screen size).
- Price it competitively with Chromebooks.
- Bundle Office RT.
I can't see how this strategy wouldn't work.
They just should have done it months ago so it would be ready for back-to-school shopping.