When a company captures for many years more than 90% of a market, the management tends to think it is invincible, and this is the beginning of the end. There are many examples ...
The illusion of invincibility also extends to some outside observers ....
I'd say the movie didn't have any sort of effect there.
Indeed! Exactly. And the difference between them is more fundamental than that. Where Windows has always been about forcing THEIR way on the user, Apple builds their products with physical reference in mind.
That's why I'm not at all against skeuomorphism and quite against those that say there should be NO skeuomorphism. Where Microsoft can (try to) change Windows' UI and UX UTTERLY, forcing the user to completely relearn THEIR way, Apple builds their computer hardware as simply and unobtrusively as possible, removing it from the experience. Their software, then, mirrors physical equivalents of the purpose of the application. Notes looks like a legal pad. Reminders looks like a black book. Calendar looks like a desk calendar. This is stuff with which people are familiar, not single-colored squares. Not single-color backgrounds.
bigness1970 wrote: »
This article is a little misleading.
Though Apple helped pioneer the consumer computer industry, they never really boomed until the movie Pirates of Silicone Valley came out, and showed what kind of person Bill Gates really was. If Bill Gates wasn't such a ......., Apple may not have never boomed. So, you can thank Bill Gates for making Apple into what it is today. Tablets were attempted in the past, but the consumers rejected them.
gadgetcanada wrote: »
Where's all the Surface Pro fans now? Didn't they say the world was waiting for a "real" tablet than can do "real" computing?
smalm wrote: »
1.5M tablets isn't much but it is $1B revenue for MS where before it was zero.
And while I think Win8 is stupid I have to admit that MS didn't come up just with another iOS copy!
ah yes, deja vu all over again! for fun, take a look at this 2007 article:
see, just re-boot the marketing!
so reportedly MS sold 1.2 million Zunes in its first 8 months on the market @ 150K per month. whereas the RT has shipped (but sales?) a reported 1.1 million in only 5 months @ 220K per month. why, that's 50% better than Zune!
i like their strategy, i like it a lot.
Before the killer response to the iPhone and iPad, 1.5 million units would not have been considered to be bad performance. But Apple has changed the entire definition of what it means to launch new successful products. Unfortunately for everyone (including Apple) that has changed expectations to absurd heights.
I've posted this several times before, but these are the amount of times that new technologies took to achieve just 1 million units:
All numbers except for the iPad are from Greystone Communications, Yankee Group. I find the TV number suspect because TV actually launched in July of 1941 and TV did not achieve 1 million units by 1945. I suspect they mean the relaunch of TV after WWII.
TV in 1941! Wow. The BBC launched the world's first regular television service from Alexandra Palace on 2nd November 1936
But I definitely would like to buy a Tesla rather than a GM. And probably may when the Model X comes out. And I think so would any other sentient male who could afford one. There is no driving reason to buy a Surface anything, at least at those prices when I can get the real deal from Apple for similar price point or an Android much much cheaper.
There are no Android PCs. Actually, Windows 8 is quite nice, but you can get a real convertible notebook (e.g. Asus Taichi) which is just better than the surface in every way. A macbook air is at a similar price point, and a better machine IF you use OS X.
I am not sure what you are talking about. The biggest competition to the surface comes from Win 8 ultrabooks (many of them convertible), so your points 1-4, while correct, are vacuous, in that this is already happening.
Ballmer is very far from dumb, and the company he runs still makes money hand over fist. They are, however, the victims of their own success -- they have to keep the huge existing user base happy, while trying to progress -- not so easy.
Anybody who couldn't see from a mile away that this ridiculous Surface thingy was going to flop is incapable of objective and rational thought. It's the same story over and over again. Some new device gets announced, will this finally be the iPad killer? The media hypes it, various clueless people fawn over it and compare it to the iPad, while certain rational people on this forum declares it to be DOA. And how does the story end each and every time?
The same people who fell for this Surface tablet and the people who hyped it up will be the same people who will be hyping the next "iPad Killer" when that comes along. And just like now, they'll be just as wrong and just as clueless next time also. A half tablet, that is worse than a tablet and a half laptop that is worse than a laptop is a good idea? And it comes with a kickstand and runs Windows? Are you kidding me? GTFOH.
You might be shocked to learn that the rest of the world is not so Apple-centric. the surface (the pro, anyhow) is not very much like an iPad, and in some way it is quite superior (it is an actual computer, for one; the touch screen is vastly superior, since it is pressure-sensitive), and in others it is seriously inferior (Windows 8 is not a tablet OS). So, it is different, and addresses a different market, which, apparently, is smaller than the iPad market.