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A good old-fashioned rant. I am sure the first draft had some cuss words in it:
Am I the only person who believes this thing is a total jump the shark cluster-you-know-what for Microsoft?
What are the OEMs supposed to do? Well I suspect that if you are someone like a Lenovo or a Hewlett-Packard, you probably are seriously going to re-think whether or not you really want to produce tablets with similar specs to the Surface RT and Surface Pro.
You now have to out-value the Surface devices, or you have to play the Enterprise game with beefier, more expensive Windows 8 convertible tablets with higher-res screens and faster CPUs and SSDs that nobody other than select Fortune 500 firms may want to buy, because they’d rather do business with a hardware partner they already buy systems from.
Cranky. But thought-provoking.
What I want to know is, what's in the water over at Gizmodo?
Microsoft is the most innovative consumer tech company right now.
And it isn't just this week's announcements that did it. This has been building all year. There's Windows 8, Xbox Live, Skydrive, Kinect, SmartGlass; even Hotmail stepped up its game. The Surface, and now Windows Phone 8, merely feel like the culmination—or maybe the fulfillment—of what Microsoft has been poking and prodding at for the past six years when it first introduced the Xbox 360.
Microsoft is a company reborn. It's not just significant because of past achievements. Microsoft is exciting again because of what it's doing right now.
OK, they've had a rocky relationship with Apple for a few years since that iPhone-in-a-bar incident, and the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. But still, this is pretty enthusiastic stuff: