quote: But buried even in this single public statement is the clue we need to explain Windows 8’s slow start.It’s the netbook.I’ve written—and spoken about, on podcasts—about how Windows 7, somewhat miraculously and/or suspiciously, was able to maintain a steady selling rate of approximately 20 million units per month over its three year lifespan. And I’ve furthered that Windows 8 needs to reach that figure, at a minimum, because it targets two markets, that for PCs and that for tablets. To be truly successful, Windows 8 needs to sell far more than 20 million licenses a month.The funny thing is, we’ve held up Windows 7 as the gold standard when it comes to Windows versions. It was non-controversial, lauded for cleaning up the Windows Vista “mess” (whether real or perceived), and is still generally regarded as a high-water mark of sorts. Those who pan Windows 8 invariably compare it, unfavorably, to Windows 7, and wonder why Microsoft simply couldn’t have made another Windows 7 instead. But it’s simple.Windows 7 was a lie.See, that 20 million figure—which I believe to have been massaged from a bookkeeping standpoint—was unfairly bolstered by sales of low-cost PCs, primarily netbooks....It’s not pat to say that the Windows PC market went for volume over quality, because it did: Many of those 20 million Windows 7 licenses each month—too many, I think—went to machines that are basically throwaway, plastic crap. Netbooks didn’t just rejuvenate the market just as Windows 7 appeared, they also destroyed it from within: Now consumers expect to pay next to nothing for a Windows PC. Most of them simply refuse to pay for more expensive Windows PCs.
quote: Getting people to pay more for a product they were previously getting inexpensively is a tough one.
quote: Taking the above into account, your post above appears to be a classic troll post, written to provoke an emotional reaction, on a separate topic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29
quote: expensive touchscreen devices is what they're supposed to be pushing
quote: The few available ones I've found have been Acer's at $650 with the keyboard dock and HP's Envy x2 for $850, $300 more than most tablets or low-end notebooks
quote: the same customers Microsoft and OEMs have targeted for years are used to paying less
quote: If someone has a choice between a Clover Trail tablet or a 15" laptop that only costs $500, both running Windows 8, what do you think most are going to buy?
quote: Tablet sales won't improve until prices for touchscreen and mobile components are driven down over time
quote: These customers defect to Google en masse, why chase them? Let Google have the poor non-paying customers who will watch ads, while MS has a slice of rich customers formerly belonging to Apple. More profit to MS this way.
quote: Big heavy laptop with 3 hours of battery life of small light tablet with 9 hour of battery life? That's a tough choice LOL. Of course most people would go for a tablet, since it's just as good for office/mail/web/video/casual gaming as a heavier laptop.
quote: Same for iPad which started to sell better when they made crappier/cheaper mini version.
quote: while providing better HD video viewing experience due to proper aspect ratio, especially on Surface.
quote: have prices that start at around $650.