Would you buy a Microsoft tablet?
Sources say that Microsoft concluded that it needs its own tablet, with the company designing both the hardware and software in an effort to better compete against Apple’s strengths. Microsoft’s tablets may include machines running ARM-based processors as well as models running on traditional PC processors, sources said.
So far, no company other than Apple has been able to really make it in the tablet market, and the latest projections show the iPad's market share growing to 62.5% next year, while all Android tablets combined will account for 36.5%. However, in what has to be an encouraging sign for Microsoft, pundits say Windows tablets won't take away market share from Apple or Android, but "will grow the overall tablet market."
That doesn't mean Microsoft-branded tablets will be big sellers. And the last time the company went head-to-head against Apple, with the Zune, it produced what many said was a superior product, but it still couldn't win over enough hearts and minds to compete effectively.
However, Microsoft is no stranger to the hardware game, and the Xbox 360 continues to dominate the gaming console market. Last month alone, Microsoft made $209 million selling Xbox hardware -- more than rivals Nintendo and Sony combined. If the company can build on the Xbox's success at courting developers and developing a loyal user base, it could just give Apple a run for its money.
What do you think?
WIndows 8 does look to be interesting though, and I might buy one once I'm content after using it [on a tablet not on desktop]
Love the idea of a Windows 8 based tablet (a dumb down metro style would suite me; long as I have moving aviation maps!). iPad has good aviation features now-a-days though, so it'd take what the iPad lacks while still having great battery life to sway me
Most stuff I do recently doesn't need a 'monster machine', even the games I have been playing.
To be fair, I've never really been interested in the iPad or any of the Android tablets. I want more power and flexibility, not an overgrown phone. This will be great for those who are looking for a more traditional tablet, though.
Without the enterprise this will be a niche product. I think the ipad has too big a lead there, it's hard to believe that I'm saying that...
I would like one out of professional curiosity, but I only spent $349 on an ipad and $139 on my fire, so it would need to be somewhere around that price to get me to jump.