SJVN on M$’s latest vapourware:
“In the days since Microsoft announced its hybrid tablet/laptop I’ve talked to most of the major PC original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). None of them would go on the record with me on their reaction to the Surface. What I can tell you though is that every last one of them is as angry at Microsoft as a Boston Red Sox fan is at the New York Yankees after being swept at home.
Most of them, with reluctance, had decided that they were going to ship Windows 8 tablets. A few were going to try Windows RT tablets. Now, the OEMs must throw all their tablet plans out the window. With the Surface announcement, Microsoft has done to them exactly what Microsoft used to do all the time to its enemies: frozen the market by announcing something that sounds much better than what the OEMs had been planning on shipping.”
This is not the good old days of monopoly. M$ can no longer dictate to OEMs. OEMs have choices now, like Android/Linux, GNU/Linux and ARM. All it would take is the OEMs getting together and shifting the world to FLOSS and M$’s house of cards will collapse. Even a tiny revolt will hurt the bottom line enough for the shareholders to revole. Is this the last straw? We shall see.
I expect this latest salvo in the OEM wars will result in more OEMs openly shipping GNU/Linux and possibly no longer “recommending” that other OS. I expect to see lots of GNU/Linux on retail shelves by Christmas. OEMs can surprise M$ as well. Cooperation is a two-way street.
see SJVN – Microsoft poisons its partners | ZDNet.