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iPad: Kicking Windows back to the office

Summary: The allure of the iPad enticed millions to buy one for fun. The discovery that it could do everything desired outside of work led many to forget about using Windows outside of work.
Microsoft saw this coming and radically changed the design of Windows to work on tablets, desktops, and laptops. The folks in Redmond saw the writing on the wall and knew they had to change the OS into a tablet OS to keep Windows in the home. They already had the enterprise locked up so bringing Windows to the tablet was an effort to keep folks using the OS at home.
Most of the folks I interact with about Windows on tablets who like it, and are excited about it Windows 8, are those who either make a living in the Windows ecosystem or have a special need for using it outside the scope of typical home computing. Having full Windows in a tablet form is just what they need to do what they want both for work and at home.
Unfortunately for Microsoft, there aren't enough of thos enthusiasts to make a difference, as proven by the Surface RT debacle, and low Surface Pro sales (compared to the iPad). The vast majority have already been shown that their beloved iPad is all they need outside of work. The iPad has totally replaced PC usage in the home for many owners and kicked Windows back to the office.
iPad: Kicking Windows back to the office | ZDNet
 

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iPads eh? Over lunch my colleague at work said "I was thinking of getting an iPad mini for my 3 yr old daughter". WHAT?!?! Just proves my point: consumers are stupid and have more money than sense. He'd spend £270 on something that his kid can do on a £50 Android tablet...just because it's an iPad.

Seriously, consumers are stupid!
 

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Yes. I was posting similar even before rtm.

Me too.
I couldn't see a significant number of iPad or Android users swapping over to W8 tablets.
 

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Still not clear to me why MS approached it the way they did. I suppose we will never know. Another marketing guy thinks it resulted from a mixture of arrogance and insecurity - panic was the word he used. He is probably right, he has held some very senior positions in the industry, I haven't worked in IT at all.
 

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There is no doubt (in my mind anyway) the iPad is a "cool accessory" - most my mates have never bothered with iOS but would get an iPad rather than an Android (even tho' they have android phones...go figure) or an RT...credit to the Apple marketing machine for that...why can't M$ do the same?.. with their resources they should at least break even rather than 'dump' the Surface (in a manner of speaking...)
 

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iPads eh? Over lunch my colleague at work said "I was thinking of getting an iPad mini for my 3 yr old daughter". WHAT?!?! Just proves my point: consumers are stupid and have more money than sense. He'd spend £270 on something that his kid can do on a £50 Android tablet...just because it's an iPad.

Seriously, consumers are stupid!
It must really be hard on you being so much smarter then those of us stupid consumers who have purchased an iPad. . .:thumbsup:
 

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Still not clear to me why MS approached it the way they did. I suppose we will never know. Another marketing guy thinks it resulted from a mixture of arrogance and insecurity - panic was the word he used. He is probably right, he has held some very senior positions in the industry, I haven't worked in IT at all.

iPanic.
 

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Ruudfood

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iPads eh? Over lunch my colleague at work said "I was thinking of getting an iPad mini for my 3 yr old daughter". WHAT?!?! Just proves my point: consumers are stupid and have more money than sense. He'd spend £270 on something that his kid can do on a £50 Android tablet...just because it's an iPad.

Seriously, consumers are stupid!
It must really be hard on you being so much smarter then those of us stupid consumers who have purchased an iPad. . .:thumbsup:

Hahaaa! :D

No, my point was that people just buy these things without consideration for who they will be used by and what they'll be used for. Honestly, if you're buying an iPad mini for your 3 year old you really do have more money than sense.
 

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True. I too can't stand thinking why people would spend so much on some expensive iPad just because it is the hype. I don't own a tablet but maybe I'll just settle with a decent, not overpriced Android that can basically, call, text, take pictures and browse the Internet than for something that costs much more but would not do something groundbreaking anyway.

Consumers are basically brainwashed because of trend and if it wasn't for that, then iPad or any iDevice would not succeed in the way it is now.
 

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iPads eh? Over lunch my colleague at work said "I was thinking of getting an iPad mini for my 3 yr old daughter". WHAT?!?! Just proves my point: consumers are stupid and have more money than sense. He'd spend £270 on something that his kid can do on a £50 Android tablet...just because it's an iPad.

Seriously, consumers are stupid!
It must really be hard on you being so much smarter then those of us stupid consumers who have purchased an iPad. . .:thumbsup:

Hahaaa! :D

No, my point was that people just buy these things without consideration for who they will be used by and what they'll be used for. Honestly, if you're buying an iPad mini for your 3 year old you really do have more money than sense.

WHAT? :shock:

You'd get an Android for your 3 year old... (I don't even mention the iPad). Either one, at that age to begin with apps, subscriptions and consumer stuff is a bit early don't you think. :) I agree about the games and drawing apps though. :D
 

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iPads eh? Over lunch my colleague at work said "I was thinking of getting an iPad mini for my 3 yr old daughter". WHAT?!?! Just proves my point: consumers are stupid and have more money than sense. He'd spend £270 on something that his kid can do on a £50 Android tablet...just because it's an iPad.

Seriously, consumers are stupid!

Nothing new. I took the following picture a few months ago.

tablets.jpg

That's a 3 year old in the background. I was visiting her family and thought I'd gather up all the tablets to take a picture. You don't see something like this everyday.

Wife, my sister, bought her husband an asus transformer infinity last year. These things cost about $650 each set (tablet and detachable keyboard dock) back then. The following day, he went out and bought one just like it for her. Their 3 boys started borrowing them to play games and such. The boys were ages 3, 6, and 8. So, my sister and her husband thought why not just get each one of them their own transformer infinity. So, they went out and got each one their own transformer. At $650 each set, my jaw dropped when I heard about it.

They actually had a good reason to do this. See, other parents get their kids wii, ps3, and whatever other gaming systems for their kids. My sister and her husband thought why not get each one of them something that is both educational and entertaining? I honestly thought they'd be addicted to gaming on those things. But the first time I visited them, I was dumbstruck to see the 8 year old doing homework on his tablet/laptop hybrid. I was even more amazed at how well the 3 year old handled the system.

The 6 and 8 (now 9) year olds play a lot of baseball tournaments. You can tell they are very athletic. So, I haven't seen any sign of addiction. So, that's always a good thing. I'm just amazed how well they've handled their very expensive machines.

Anyway, the point is if you are careful you can make these tablets a positive influence in your kids' lives. The 9 year old does karate and baseball. The 3 year old loves to play those brain puzzle games on his tablet. The 7 year old does homework and plays games with his tablet. All is good.

Edit.

By the way, the hybrid 2nd from the left (the one with the square angry face) belongs to the 3 year old in the background.
 

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True. I too can't stand thinking why people would spend so much on some expensive.

It's their money. What concern is it of yours?
My concern is that they could have used that money on more "useful" things. There are cheaper devices that can do things what the iPad can do.

And is it mandatory that you buy every new release that the fruit company has to offer?

Its such as shame that so many people are fooled by the trend. Apple wanted to have as many "sheeple" as they can. If only those consumers would have been slightly more intelligent, this wouldn't have been the case.

We don't have a very financially stable time and people would spend an insane $500-$1000 for something of a status symbol that doesn't put food into their stomachs. They could have spent that money to help send their kids to college, made house repairs or even donate some to feed those who have nothing to eat somewhere else in the world, just to name a few that puts more "value" to every dollar spent.
 

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True. I too can't stand thinking why people would spend so much on some expensive.

It's their money. What concern is it of yours?

Hi there
True --If you've got the money it's yours to do as you want with.

Mr Abramovitch (ex Russian Oil billionaire) bought Chelsea FC -- some might consider that as a waste of money, others pay up to 2 million dollars for a custom built carbon Lamborghini that only seats ONE person, while simple old me just enjoys a pint or two (or three etc) with mates down at a nice Café or pub.

(Wonder -- does a SINGLE seater car get exemption on that CRAZY idea they have in the US on some highways -- Multi-occupation lanes -- my English might be a bit flawed but isn't a Multi occupation Vehicle actually called a BUS or a TRAIN or even a TAXI).

BTW 0 - 100 KM/HR in 2.1 secs !!!! from STANDING START. Now I need THREE consecutive wins on the Lottery. !!!!!

Lamborghini Egoista, the priceless concept car that seats one: What happens if you want to give someone a lift? | Mail Online

It's your money -- use it how you want -- Lucky for some --but most of us just live in the real world.

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