Originally Posted by tjwal
I run a $500 quad core 3 Ghz desktop. I guess I'm to cheap to pay $2,000+ for something comparable from Apple.
Apple is just not competive in the desktop market so the smart (not cheap) money is with Windows whether you like it or not.
That said there is no way I would use a Surface as a desktop it would be just too underpowered. The only justification for tablets and reasonably priced(<$2000) laptops is portability. Apple is very competive in that market.
Apple is _leading_ that market. But you make a mistake. Apple isn't competing against MS, they are competing against OEMs. Most computer buyers today don't self configure, and they definitely don't buy computers based on OS internals.
To put it bluntly, Your datapoint does not define the 'smart money.' Most people don't need power... they need connectivity and intuitive applications to support their every day life. Few of the 7Billion people need quadcore i7s. But we are now starting on the horizon where they will need a 2 core ARM chip in their phone, and a device for them to manage their life and their business, hence portability.
The MS business model won't sustain in the new mobile computing market backended by the cloud. They need to suck $100 from every _device_ sold to make their numbers, and PC sales growth is dwindling, and the iPad/highlyPortable market is the only growth market. So, to hit growth numbers, MS needs to their OEMs to compete in that market. OEM's are failing, primarily due to the cost of Microsoft OS and Office. Win7 does not sell a computer to a new customer.
Hence the reason why Microsoft is building a reference platform they can either monetize or set the standard of what usability should be for Windows.
IF they can do that, then Windows may survive as the top OS. but they are 4 years behind in a market that they cannot define anymore, only react to.