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Don't be fooled. Microsoft's entrance into the tablet market shows nothing less than a willingness to overhaul its business model.
by Marty Wolf
July 1, 2012 7:00 AM PDT
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduces the Surface tablet in Los Angeles, Calif.
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With the recent announcement of Microsoft's new Surface tablet, the decades-old network of partners that Microsoft and Intel built just got a formidable new asset-rich competitor: Microsoft.
Like all successful partner networks, Wintel thrived because all of the players -- the two principals, OEMs, the channel and other stakeholders -- benefited individually from the association while contributing to the growth of the network itself. The Wintel platform is still the dominant desktop and laptop computing architecture.