So it seems that there is some risk to Microsoft with producing the new Surface Tablet.
The company says in the document that “our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
The real problem here is the OEM’s. HP, Dell, Acer, and all the others have been making the OC’s they want for so long and have no idea what the consumer really wants. The consumer doesn’t want a computer with a bunch of extra ‘free’ crap loaded on it. They don’t little nag boxes popping up. My last Windows machine was from HP and the second I started it up there were nags to buy all sorts of HP crap.
Knowing this would happen I always build the cost of a copy of Windows in to a new Windows computer purchase. With that new operating system I perform a clean install, to kill all the extra needless crap.
So OEM’s have been building crappy machines with extra bloats software installed. They’re really worried that users might buy the Surface and then they’ll know what a Windows machine can really run like. Then users will expect them to actually build decent machines, and they don’t really want to do that.
If the OEM’s had just produced computers that were actually nice and didn’t bloat out Windows, Microsoft wouldn’t have a reason to produce this tablet. They have to do it because their “partners” have screwed the pooch.
One of the great reasons to get a Mac is they don’t bloat the machine out with useless up-sells for crap.