Sources: BBC News, Nokia [Surface Phone discussion]
quote: Microsoft's Ballmer: We Want to "Set a New Standard" With First-Party Hardware
quote: Consider Apple has managed to SUE or anger just about every company they work with at some point it will come back to haunt them.
quote: Google hasn't been smart enough to do it up front instead they blame other companies and the patent system.
quote: Microsoft (MSFT) development director Craig Mundie knows that his company has fallen way behind on smartphones but he insists that it’s not the company’s fault. In an interview with Spiegel, Mundie says that Microsoft would have had a lot more time to focus on developing and promoting mobile computing devices such as smartphones if it weren’t for those meddling cyber criminals.“During [the time that Apple was building the iPhone], Windows went through a difficult period where we had to shift a huge amount of our focus to security engineering,” said Mundie. “The criminal activity in cyberspace was growing dramatically ten years ago, and Microsoft was basically the only company that had enough volume for it to be a target. In part because of that, Windows Vista took a long time to be born.”
quote: Ballmer said "It may sell very well".
quote: Here you are criticising a product you've never used or have no intention of owning.
quote: The estimated failure rate of Microsofts other hardware, the XBOX 360, was 33%. http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=7892