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Skeptics don't get that new-time Windows 8.1 religion

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    Skeptics don't get that new-time Windows 8.1 religion


    Computerworld - Analysts remain skeptical that Microsoft's relaunch of Windows 8 and the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 will translate into increased PC and tablet sales in the second half of the year.
    "[Windows 8.1] is unlikely to have a major impact [on] purchasing decisions made by mainstream consumers," said Sameer Singh, an analyst who writes on the Tech-Thoughts blog, after Microsoft revealed a public preview of the free upgrade June 26 at the company's BUILD developers conference.

    "Windows 8.1 should have no impact on the attractiveness of tablets based on the platform," wrote Singh. "While it does offer some improvements, tablet purchases are based on two primary factors: application availability and price."
    In neither instance does Windows 8.1 change the dynamics, Singh argued, since smaller Windows tablets will be priced substantially higher than Android-based devices, and the Windows Store, Microsoft's app e-market, continues to lag behind stores backed by rivals Apple and Google.
    Instead, Moorhead is banking on the hardware makers, dubbed OEMs for "original equipment manufacturers," to come up with new designs based on new AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm processors. "Think of the irony for a second; hardware helping save software," Moorhead said. "Sad, but true."
    Skeptics don't get that new-time Windows 8.1 religion - Computerworld

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    Well sure. 8 & 8.1 have failed to seriously challenge Apple and/or Android. All it really has accomplished, is to by and large p*ss off desktops users. imho, of course...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Well sure. 8 & 8.1 have failed to seriously challenge Apple and/or Android. All it really has accomplished, is to by and large p*ss off desktops users. imho, of course...
    It is doing a good job of that.
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    Pricing will be crucial.

    MS will have the place and the promotion. We shall see how it works out for them. They might be aiming for 20% or more of the (growing ) tablet market.

    Hard to tell if the minor changes will make any difference to laptop type sales. It is possible - perhaps being able to display with a desktop - instead of the repugnant start screen will repel potential buyers less. Maybe.
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    Looks that way so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Well sure. 8 & 8.1 have failed to seriously challenge Apple and/or Android. All it really has accomplished, is to by and large p*ss off desktops users. imho, of course...
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    tablet purchases are based on two primary factors: application availability and price."
    That is a little detail which MS seems to have overlooked. As long as I can buy superb tablets in the $200 to $300 price range, the MS tablets will have no leg to stand on. And the dismal application situation certainly does not help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    tablet purchases are based on two primary factors: application availability and price."
    That is a little detail which MS seems to have overlooked. As long as I can buy superb tablets in the $200 to $300 price range, the MS tablets will have no leg to stand on. And the dismal application situation certainly does not help.
    Exactly. I have an Ipad from work and I can't stand it. I would have bought a Surface Pro in a heartbeat as my tablet if it wasn't so overpriced. The Pricing is just off period on Windows tablets. And like has been said before you add the overpricing in with the lack of apps its just not appealing.
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    I have no interest in ever owning an RT and the Surface Pro is way to expensive for my budget. If I'm going to pay that kind or money for something with those specs its not going to have a 10 inch screen attached to it. For what I'd do on a device that small it doesn't need to be that powerful and that expensive.
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    Soon will may be able to use the tablet as a desktop,
    disconnect it and use it as a tablet/laptop with "all the power"
    of the desktop not having to manage several device

    a desktop, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook (a phone maybe) --> Surface PRO

    guys i hope i'll can do that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy View Post
    Soon will may be able to use the tablet as a desktop,
    disconnect it and use it as a tablet/laptop with "all the power"
    of the desktop not having to manage several device

    a desktop, a tablet, a laptop, a netbook (a phone maybe) --> Surface PRO

    guys i hope i'll can do that!
    There are lots of hybrids out there that will dock and be laptop like or undock and be tablet like. Get one powerful enough and you could likely ditch your desktop PC too. Just be prepared to pay a lot for that functionality. Too pricy for my budget which is why I bought a laptop.
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