Originally Posted by 4miler
[snip] And a portion of people are attracted to the Windows 8 tablet platform because it's designed to get work done (content-creation), rather than Apple's overtly content-consumption approach... I'm an Apple fan, with a purchase record of over 15 Macs, several iPods, and two iPhones - and currently have 5 working Macs.
First of all - you need to understand that Microsoft=content-creation and Apple=content consumption are statements that bear no relation to reality. The shift from stationary computing to mobile computing started with portable and then "laptop" computers and is being refined into the new standard of tablet computing. For the vast majority of people, both the capacity and portability of the iPad (and similar designs) is all they need for both consumption and creation. Youtube is flooded with demonstrations of content creation on the iPad. Apple has demonstrated to a wider and wider audience that they don't need to have a massive desktop computer to do the things they like to do on a daily basis.
The presence of Microsoft in the marketplace will continue on for some time to come if they do nothing else but rely on the inertia they enjoy as the majority market holder, but that does not validate their approaches necessarily, even if they see a modicum of success simply by playing to their installed base. Moreover, Redmond has serious internal issues, which are demonstrated by the number of shakeups, moves and defections in the last year alone. Unless they can do a better job internally of driving effective collaboration, and dismantle some of the mini-empires that exist, they are severely impacting their ability to respond to market pressure effectively.
And finally, ending your opinion with a tallysheet of all the Apple kit you have/owned, or stock you hold in the company doesn't validate your opinion if it isn't based in fact and reality. So I will see your $5 and raise you $5 more. And yeah, I own some Apple kit and stock as well, but then I own some Microsoft and Dell kit and stock too. None of which makes my commentary either more or less valid.