Originally Posted by Michael Scrip
So far... Microsoft has one
product that competes with the OEMs. (and it has only been announced
... but no price, no release date)
And that's gonna put the OEMs out of business?
Pass me some of what you're smokin'
This is actually a concern written about on many of the financial and professional computer sites. They believe that Microsoft is going the Apple way with this. According to them, these aren't just reference designs such as what Google does, but class leading products. If its true that Microsoft is charging $85 for the OS (possibly including a version of Office on RT), then that will leave their partners at a disadvantage in pricing, if Microsoft prices this around iPad pricing for the RT model, and Ultrabook pricing for the Pro model.
Why buy a HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc model if these, direct from Microsoft are nicer, at about the same price? No reason at all.
It's said that Microsoft is seeing the higher overall price of hardware, and the larger profits per piece that Apple gets, and wants to go the same way. We can see how large Apple is now relative to Microsoft, and this disparity will get a lot larger this year.
This all makes sense.