Re: Simple question: why would anyone buy a Microsoft Surface same price of iPad?
I have had £1,000 set aside for some time now or the tablet that best meets my needs. I have been waiting to see what Google's Nexus tablet looks like. The Galaxy Note 10.1 *was* my dream tablet until Monday's event.
However, I have now made up my mind and will spend this money in the fall on a Surface. In fact, I'm going to buy both models, the Pro for work, and the RT for home and social use. I'd buy both even if they are £1,000 each, but we know they won't be because they will have to be competitively priced.
You see, I define overpriced as pay for something that doesn't meet my needs. When a thing meets my needs, it's virtually priceless to me.
The Surface has what I've always longed for in a tablet device:
o Digital ink which anyone who attends meetings a lot will find really useful,
o 16:9 ratio - personally I don't like 4:3, I find them unnatural because I'm used to widescreen views
o Windows - I want Windows for work - cannot stress this enough. I want access to biggest software library for a desktop OS - EVER
o The lack of Metro apps doesn't bother me because Metro is still relatively new. Even so, there are 100,000 metro apps already and I've yet to find myself looking for an app that can't do what I need. I'm not into games so I don't care about birds and pigs with anger management issues.
You repeatedly claim WindowsPhone as a fail. It's not a fail. It's growing market share. "Fail" doesn't mean "not Apple".
Why wold developers go to Windows 8? Because developing for Windows is easy and cheap. No licenses to pay and no expensive dev tools, just download the free Express tools and get going.
What's wrong with Metro UI on server editions? You can still use mouse and keyboar. Once you're logged in, you're back in familiar desktop space. If you pick your server OS based on the start screen design you've got bigger problems.
The real money is not on Apple. Investors hedge. Content is king. We'll have to wait and see. Apple may have 600,000 apps, but how many are the really useful ones? Android nwo has about 400,000 and WIndows Phone 100,000. I would say that 50,000 (+/- 10,000) apps would cover just about everyone's needs if you strip out all the non useful, non-productive, fart type apps. Bragging about app stores metrics is nothing more than marketing tactics. Consumers are smarter these days.
I work for a big privately held software company. We have a flexible desktop approach, users can run Windows or Linux, use MS Office or Open Office. For company mobiles, users can use their own device or take whatever the carrier provides. Most use their own device the majority are Android. We even have several users of the Galaxy Note, who I'm sure would love a Surface Pro to replace their laptops.