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Old 4th December, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Surface Pro: Overpriced tablet, half an Ultrabook, or yet another Tablet PC?

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$899 is a lot of money for a 64GB 10.6-inch tablet. It's $70 more even than the most expensive iPad?and that comes with 3G/LTE support and GPS. But that's the price Microsoft has set for the low-end Surface with Windows 8 Pro.
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Unfortunately for MS...this guy seems to know what he is talking about.

Awkward is the word that comes to my mind. Why is this happening to MS new baby?

I would like to suggest that MS has forgotten how to listen to what people say they want. MS thinks it can create a new need...

When what was needed was to fill the current need.

His summation seemed insightful.

"As such, Microsoft's challenge is not simply to ensure that people don't compare Surface Pro to other tablets and dismiss it out of hand. For Surface Pro to succeed, Microsoft needs to make a case that this third category of device—not quite a laptop, not quite a tablet, but a bit of both—not only exists in its own right, but that it's the best way of fulfilling your computing needs.

That's a message Microsoft has singularly failed to deliver for a decade now. But without it, Surface Pro is doomed to a series of comparisons in which it fares poorly: too expensive for a tablet, too limited for an Ultrabook, a flawed jack-of-all-trades going up against seasoned masters."
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Not so much a 2 for 1, but a 2 halves for one at twice the price.
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That's the thing I don't get, they should at lest be able to spot their own vulnerability and price their way out of this....or at lest competitively price it so that is flaws would be less glaring...

MS in a nut shell for me, they are always trying to do less and charge more. They never let me feel for one minute that they were trying to help me, that they were on my side.

I often get frustrated in Linux. i start my MS tantrum and then I pause...I remember what they have Given me and I ask for forgiveness. My Os was given to me by strangers. How mad should I ever get about that!?

Leaving MS has change my whole mindset about computing and what it can mean to people. My relationship with my OS and her makers should not be adversarial!

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