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post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn View Post

Looks like a counter to Chromebooks, but I honestly can't see people buying a 9" laptop. Make it free for 13" and under and I can see some use. Tablets? They're more of a trend than anything, at least from some numbers I've seen.
Are you kidding? You mean all the numbers where tablets and phones have phenomenal growth compared to traditional desktops/laptops or...?

I don't think it's even far off to where we could see traditional desktops move to mostly an enthusiast market. I do most of my work development on a laptop, and at least one of my employers only provides laptops.

There's very little a nice laptop or tablet with a dock can't do that a desktop could.
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That sounds desperate.

Sounds like a brilliant move to boost adoption of their mobile OS, which is a fantastic OS.
    
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Pity the HP Touchpad has a 9.7 inch monitor.
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post #24 of 42
Increase the margins for OEMs giving them a reason to sell WP based devices.
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I've never looked into it...any one know if phone manufactures have to pay for Android? I mean I know its open source, but I don't know if they have to pay any licensing or fees to get an OS made for their hardware that they are allowed to sell. Though, I'd be highly surprised if any one was forced to pay anything. There are custom ROMs everywhere for android phones.

Apple wouldn't pay anything extra for the iOS since they own it

So only a Windows phone would have had a fee just for the OS.

Android is free for OEMs, but you have to pay Google a (per device)fee to ship Google app(Play store, Gmail, Google Maps, etc) with it

I figured there was something they'd have to pay for. I am sure Microsoft will charge for their App store and such too.
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post #26 of 42
Get ready for the surge of 9" netbooks again.

Also, this makes them sound desperate. Giving away an OS? Android did that like 5 years ago and steamrolled you, MS.
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Get ready for the surge of 9" netbooks again.

Also, this makes them sound desperate. Giving away an OS? Android did that like 5 years ago and steamrolled you, MS.

If no one is charging for the Android OS they have to match suit.

Though I hope they've researched the possibility of selling the OS...but then having lots of extras come with it free. Sounds like Google is giving away Android...and then charging for the extras.
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...and Nokia just announced the Lumia 930.

 

I'm in love with a mobile phone for the first time ever.

   
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post #29 of 42
Now All they need is to unify the windows store between windows 8.1, windows phone 8.1, xbox One. = so called "windows works". Own an App on PC = own the same app on xbox,windows phone biggrin.gif

I might buy xbox one, and buy all my PC games via windows store due to this.
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That actually makes sense as it's main competitor in that segment is also "free" (minus the before-mentioned fee for play store, etc). Now all we need is influx of 7'' x86 tablets tongue.gif at ~150..200$ mark and they might actually get somewhere. Assuming they manage to find some talent for their marketing team to break the slowmotion trainwreck that has been going on over the past few releases of MS (especially XBOne).
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