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hyten1

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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2012, 07:00:07 AM »
ross maybe

surface RT comes with office for student edition

i need to replace my laptop right now as well as i need to get something for my kids, i am still mulling over which device(s) to buy.

i have the first generation kindle fire (which is a bit buggy) the touch screen is not very good for my 2 year old (she constantly taps it many times, since the responsiveness is not immediate and very good)

myself - surface pro or ultrabook
my kids - ipad or surface rt


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Microsoft Surface Pricing Leak:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/16/microsoft-surface-rt-priced-32gb-for-499-without-touch-cover-599-with-64gb-for-699/

If the base version without a touch keyboard really is $499, I think Microsoft is going to fail to take much away from the iPad. Microsoft desperately needs a hot product to showcase Windows 8 RT. I would not expect many to pay and iPad price for an unproven device that cannot run x86 applications. I'll hold my breath, but Microsoft may have failed in hardware, again.


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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2012, 07:06:10 AM »
You will also have to choose between the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and iPad mini. All will be $100-300 cheaper than the MS Surface. At $350 the Surface would be a hit. At $500 there are many more devices to choose from.
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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2012, 07:11:37 AM »
ross i hear ya, that is why i am still waiting i want to see what this ipad mini is about

i have already rule out the nexus


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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2012, 07:42:15 AM »
something interesting

http://thoughtsformykids.tumblr.com/post/33707534785/microsoft-is-a-better-investment-than-apple

The difference between 20000% and 30000% is a factor 1.5, to state it as 10000% is misleading
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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2012, 07:42:55 AM »
The Surface is really competing against the iPad proper not the mini. This given its tablet + keyboard setup....looks real interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2012, 09:18:18 AM »
The Surface is really competing against the iPad proper not the mini. This given its tablet + keyboard setup....looks real interesting.

I guess I had expected Microsoft to price the Surface RT below the iPad to establish a market for Windows 8 tablets instead of competing with the iPad head to head. I expected a 350, 400-450 pricing structure. An iPad 3 with a keyboard is cheaper than the Suface RT with a keyboard at $599. We will have to wait and see but I think Microsoft shot themselves in the fool if that is the real price.
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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2012, 09:41:15 AM »
Frankly, rather than directly competing against iPads, I think they're indirectly competing against them - what I mean by that is I don't think it's supposed to be an iPad alternative, but rather they're interpreting that market differently, and establishing a foothold in the broader sub-$1000 ultrabook category, as a hybrid between laptops and iPads.

Remember, iPads are good products, but many users would be hesitant to make it their primary computing device. For example students and mobile professionals.
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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2012, 09:50:17 AM »
Frankly, rather than directly competing against iPads, I think they're indirectly competing against them - what I mean by that is I don't think it's supposed to be an iPad alternative, but rather they're interpreting that market differently, and establishing a foothold in the broader sub-$1000 ultrabook category, as a hybrid between laptops and iPads.

Remember, iPads are good products, but many users would be hesitant to make it their primary computing device. For example students and mobile professionals.

The more expensive Intel-based Surface devices (not yet released) are the ones that attack the ultrabook category. Surface RT is ARM based and cannot run regular Windows apps.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/18/microsoft-surface-tablets-the-differences-between-rt-and-window/

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Re: MSFT - Microsoft
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2012, 12:44:33 PM »
The Surface is really competing against the iPad proper not the mini. This given its tablet + keyboard setup....looks real interesting.

I guess I had expected Microsoft to price the Surface RT below the iPad to establish a market for Windows 8 tablets instead of competing with the iPad head to head. I expected a 350, 400-450 pricing structure. An iPad 3 with a keyboard is cheaper than the Suface RT with a keyboard at $599. We will have to wait and see but I think Microsoft shot themselves in the fool if that is the real price.

Are they not pricing below the ipad? - 32gb surface for $499 vs 32gb ipad for $599?

Here is an early review
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57532991-75/at-$499-is-microsofts-surface-tablet-priced-to-move/

Right off the bat, that price does have at least two things going for it. One, it comes with 32GB of storage not 16GB like the identically priced Apple iPad. Two, it comes with Microsoft Office -- for now that means Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. (The final Office version "will be installed via Windows Update when available," according to Microsoft.)