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Intel, Microsoft teaming on iPad competitors

Intel and Microsoft have been working with first-tier PC vendors in an effort to develop new tablet PCs based on Windows 8, which the companies hope will drag the iPad’s global market share to below 50 percent by the middle of next year, according to a new report. Citing Taiwan-based ODMs, DigiTimes reports that 32 Windows 8 tablet PCs will be launched by HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asustek, and Toshiba by the end of 2012, with entry-level models to run under $300 and target Android tablet PCs, and models over $300 to be targeted directly at the iPad. The report claims that Microsoft will release Windows 8 for x86 platforms in September and Windows RT, a version built specifically for ARM architectures, at a later date. [via AppleInsider]

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Wow… a legitimate iPad killer. From the people that brought you… ZUNE!

Posted by Scott Ferguson on April 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM (CDT)


@1: Is it just that fun to make non sequitur comments? Sure you made front page, but the Kardashians have their own television show…

First, this is NOT from the people that brought you Zune, unless by “people” you mean “corporations”, and by “corporations” you mean you’re completely ignoring one half of the team, the team getting top billing in this duo…

Second, no one, except you, used the term “iPad killer” in or about the story. The (ambitious) hope is to take away overall market share from the iPad, but they have said nothing about killing it, or even beating it, merely driving it away from holding a majority of the total tablet market. Something they’re not going to accomplish in a single calendar year, but, hey, let them dream ;-)

Third, way to distort the relative success and failure of the Zune. You can fail in the market place for a giant corporation like Microsoft yet still be rather successful. The Zune, one, is still considered to be an active component of Windows Phone and X-Box services and, two, a lot of people really liked their Zunes. For example, it’s not hard to find active Zune centric websites that get more user participation than iLounge, ruh roh.

Posted by Code Monkey on April 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM (CDT)


Wow! A spotlighted comment and an inconsequentially irrelevant stern-talking-to from a Microsoft fanboy.

I’m having a pretty good week!

BTW CMiNY, (shhh… it was a joke) and yes, it was “just that fun”.

If I wanted to be serious, I would point out that 8 companies are teaming up to flood the market with 32 devices in an attempt to “drag the iPad’s global market share to below 50 percent”.

Think about that for a minute… 32 devices to try to bring 1 device down to less than 50 percent of market share.

That’s a lot of mighty small pieces of pie.

Posted by Scott Ferguson on April 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM (CDT)


#1/3:I would urge you to exercise greater discretion as to your use of the term “fanboy,” because yours is an illustration of textbook irony.  You come off like fanboy here because you would sacrifice your best interests as a customer to fulfill the greatest hopes and aspirations of a major shareholder.  Customers should welcome encroachments on market share because they apply additional pressure on Apple to innovate,  refine and keep prices down. Investors, on the other hand, see declines in market share as top-line threats that can adversely affect profitability, and graver still, the value of their stock.

In the end, once you purchase your iPad, subsequent swings in market share neither enhance nor compromise the quality of the product in your hand. Unless you are literally starving for validation/vindication, let the investors sweat the potential implications of stiffer competition for now.

Posted by MLChi on April 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM (CDT)


@ #‘s 2/4:  Talk about your ‘net weenies waiting to pounce on someone for sarcasm/joking…
#2 is just a bitter Apple-hater (yeah, we know, your house is filled with all the great stuff you hate made by the company you hate…)
#4 just needs to lighten up.
Don’t you guys have the 1% to bash or something???

Posted by bs on April 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

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