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Didn't stop them from making surface and phones...

Yeah... that's my point. They are trying to probe new markets, diversifying their products and spread risk.

Unlikely they are going to dump a load of cash on a well known market that is dropping year on year... unless they can cross-subsidise with another market that is successful.

The problem is M$py isn't trying to break into new markets. They keep trying to break into markets that Someone else has already dominated.

Something curious is M$py keeps saying that mobile computing is the future but is now trying to come up with something "new" in the desktop market, the "new" being something others have tried and failed at.
     
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Building a PC right now is easier than building a 200 piece Lego set. It's all plug and play, any idiot can build a system these days. MS will lose a lot of money if they try to do this.
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The problem is M$py isn't trying to break into new markets. They keep trying to break into markets that Someone else has already dominated.

Something curious is M$py keeps saying that mobile computing is the future but is now trying to come up with something "new" in the desktop market, the "new" being something others have tried and failed at.

I guess what MS sees is that there are markets that they haven't tapped into e.g. phones, tablets etc... that are proving profitable. They want a piece of that cake and believe they have the formula to do so. New markets are a lot of risk and that's not great if your core markets are failing.

We saw the exact same affect with big hardware/data warehouse companies these last few years. They diversified into marketing SaaS as it was doing well and generating large profits. A lot of other companies did this too, e.g. SAP, Adobe, Exact Target etc...

The ex-data warehouse companies really ran across issues when their core markets began to falter with the downturn in the economy and as such they could not afford to finance the new markets they ventured into. Check Teradata's stock/shares over the last few years as evidence! And now... SaaS for sale

That's why I believe MS is looking to already existing markets, because they won't risk opening a new niche and they know the pre-built market is tanking year on year.
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Building a PC right now is easier than building a 200 piece Lego set. It's all plug and play, any idiot can build a system these days. MS will lose a lot of money if they try to do this.

While agree with everything you say, most people are not like OCN members and are too intimidated to build their own system, including a modular one.
     
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Digital Restrictions Management for your hardware anyone? lol

Apple has had it for years.
     
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Digital Restrictions Management for your hardware anyone? lol


It's called a bios white list. Apple, IBM, and a few others do it.
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While agree with everything you say, most people are not like OCN members and are too intimidated to build their own system, including a modular one.

No, most of the "normal" non-overclocking non-gaming computer users except for the few illiterates I know that have them can all build systems, some just choose not to and go prebuilt.

With the simplicity of installing W10 now, there's really nothing an 8 year old could do to mess up a build except accidentally break something.
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I hope this patent is specific enough to not affect other players in the market for stackable PCs.
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While agree with everything you say, most people are not like OCN members and are too intimidated to build their own system, including a modular one.

No, most of the "normal" non-overclocking non-gaming computer users except for the few illiterates I know that have them can all build systems, some just choose not to and go prebuilt.

With the simplicity of installing W10 now, there's really nothing an 8 year old could do to mess up a build except accidentally break something.

Methinks you misunderstood me. By referring to OCN members, I wasn't limiting it to overclockers and gamers; heck, I'm not an overclocker or a gamer (unless you count playing XP Pinball once every three months as gaming biggrin.gif ). I'm not saying anyone "can't" build their own systems. I'm saying most people, like Ma and Pa kettle, Joe Six Pack, our mothers, etc., even though they would be capable of building a computer with proper instruction, would be too afraid to attempt it.
     
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Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSDs Samsung 950 Pro 512GB m.2 SSD boot drive Noctua NH-D15S Cpu cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
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Corsair AX760 Scratch built. Currently under construction at ... Logitech M525 El Cheapo Allsop hard plastic 
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Kingston HyperX 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR... 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD 
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