Source: The Wall Street Journal
quote: Surface will launch to great fanfare and initial spurt of sales, sales will taper off once people discover there are no tablet apps for Windows 8 and the included MS apps suck beyond belief.
quote: Having used 3 different windows tablets so far (AMD, Samsung and Asus), the only ones that are going to flop are the ARM tablets. The x64 tablets will undoubtedly replace notebook computers because they can be used as a notebook or a tablet and are fully compatible with existing windows software at a lower price.
quote: Well that is a nice theory, but as sexy as the surface is, it's future isn't very bright at the price points that are being rumored. Consistent leaks put the ARM based Surface at $599 for the 32Gb, and the Pro surface starting at $999. Not to mention that we are not expected to see the Pro until 90 days after the release of the RT tablet which itself is not expected until this fall. Those release dates and prices put them up against the next round of Ultrabooks, Android Tablets, and more then likely a fourth generation iPad.
quote: It sounds good on paper that the Pro model will succeed because it can run existing software. For some specialized use cases that may be true, but for the vast majority of folks that just isn't going to do it.
quote: a lack of touch optimized Metro apps
quote: the public's now obvious initial disdain for Windows8