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Increasingly, iPads, Mac notebooks and high end smartphones are turning into sealed units with few or no user-serviceable parts (for example, iFixit called the MacBook Pro with retina display "the least repairable laptop we've ever taken apart").

It's nothing new; getting into the original Mac required a large gadget called the case-cracking tool to lever apart the seam of the case, as well as a set of Torx screwdrivers, although Apple's new MacBook Pro takes this to extremes. There are reasons for sealed units that have to be professionally serviced, as well as good arguments against them.

Continue Reading @ Microsoft's Surface - easier to repair than a MacBook Pro? | ZDNet
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Now that Microsoft is in the tablet business with Surface (I don't say 'now Microsoft is in the hardware business' because Microsoft has been in the hardware business for three decades, with mice, keyboards and Xbox), the speculation that Microsoft will buy a phone manufacturer and bring out its own brand Windows Phone has started up - again.

But although I was very surprised that Microsoft is making its own tablet, I still don’t believe Surface makes a Microsoft phone any more likely, because the situation with the OEMs is very different in the tablet space and the phone space.

Put simply, Microsoft doesn't need to compete with its hardware partners to make a great phone because Nokia is already doing that - unlike the PC OEMs who have barely created one usable tablet PC design between them.

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Bill Gates thinks tablets will eventually replace traditional PCs and in the meantime, there is plenty of room in the market for both Microsoft's own Windows 8-based Surface tablet and devices built by the company's OEM partners.

Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft, appeared on the "Charlie Rose" show this week. He spent a the bulk of his hour-long interview with host Charlie Rose discussing the work of the charitable Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in impoverished countries like India.

Continue Reading @ Gates Says Microsoft Surface and Partners' Tablets Can Co-Exist | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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RIM must really be in its death throes and grasping for air, because a new report suggests they are considering following Nokia's strategy by adopting Microsoft's Windows mobile. This may be a very wise move on their part, but perhaps it's something they should have considered much sooner. According to a source at Reuters, RIM's board of directors is under enormous pressure to find a solution to their faltering business model. Basically, they need to come up with a new solution or the ship may sink. One option they are seriously considering is selling off their network business and forming a strategic partnership with Microsoft, in which they would sell BlackBerry devices that come equipped with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Here's a quote with some additional details,

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Hewlett-Packard originally planned to release a Windows RT-powered tablet later this year. Due to Microsoft’s recent Surface announcement and the high cost of licenses, however, the PC maker has scrapped its RT tablet plans. The rumor was first reported by SemiAccurate, which is also hearing that “just about every OEM out there is scrapping one or more [Windows RT] designs, with most renewing Android efforts with every resource at their disposal.”

Continue Reading @ HP Windows RT tablet canceled, Microsoft Surface to blame
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Google's new Galaxy Nexus puts more of a squeeze on Microsoft than it does on Apple or even Amazon. That may seem like a bold statement, but if you look deeper at the big picture, that is exactly what will likely happen. From the get go, most journalists, pundits and analysts have all been pointing out the obvious fact that Google has brought out the new Nexus 7 tablet for three primary reasons.

One is to hit Amazon hard by taking their business concept and attempting to do it better. Amazon may have a big head start on a custom content ecosystem, but Google can likely hold out longer than Amazon selling the Nexus 7 at no cost, while Amazon sells their Kindle Fire at a negative cost. This will give Google time to build up their content portfolio and really put a crimp on Amazon's plans with the Kindle Fire. This is the first and most obvious reason.

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