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2013-07-31 12:01:25 AM  
Microsoft should just discontinue the RT and focus upon the Silvermont processors that Intel is about to release. Those CPU's will change the mobile game
 
2013-07-31 12:50:34 AM  
The upcoming Xbone could make Surface excess inventory look like the good old days. That can only mean one thing - Microsoft will be forced disguise the red ink with a major merger in 2014.
 
2013-07-31 01:02:38 AM  

Triumph: The upcoming Xbone could make Surface excess inventory look like the good old days. That can only mean one thing - Microsoft will be forced disguise the red ink with a major merger in 2014.


Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.
 
2013-07-31 01:31:59 AM  
MS just doesn't get it.  They wanted to try something different and failed.  They tried to make a device that gave you a little bit of everything, but in reality it stinks in all categories.  Tablets are supposed to be simple and light weight... both literal and in general.... with simpler touch focused apps and great battery life.  For really getting work done you need a more power ultra book at minimum with a full OS.  From Apples side, the iPad does everything a tablet should do and does it very very well.  Their laptops are also great at what they do.  Same can be said for Samsung gear etc.  The surface is a mash of the 2 and sucks at being either.  As a tablet its heavier, gets crap battery life, the OS and few default apps wipe out 50% of your storage, and its actually not very 'touch' friendly compared to other leading tablets.  The keyboard cover is a joke.  As a laptop replacement, see last comment, keyboard/trckpad are pathetic, can't use it in your lap, very weak on power, RT rig can't run x86 apps, and even if they can those apps aren't meant for touch.  What a freakin mess.
 
2013-07-31 01:33:07 AM  

teknishn: MS just doesn't get it.  They wanted to try something different and failed.  They tried to make a device that gave you a little bit of everything, but in reality it stinks in all categories.  Tablets are supposed to be simple and light weight... both literal and in general.... with simpler touch focused apps and great battery life.  For really getting work done you need a more power ultra book at minimum with a full OS.  From Apples side, the iPad does everything a tablet should do and does it very very well.  Their laptops are also great at what they do.  Same can be said for Samsung gear etc.  The surface is a mash of the 2 and sucks at being either.  As a tablet its heavier, gets crap battery life, the OS and few default apps wipe out 50% of your storage, and its actually not very 'touch' friendly compared to other leading tablets.  The keyboard cover is a joke.  As a laptop replacement, see last comment, keyboard/trckpad are pathetic, can't use it in your lap, very weak on power, RT rig can't run x86 apps, and even if they can those apps aren't meant for touch.  What a freakin mess.


My XboxOne is preordered though... and I can't wait for it.
 
2013-07-31 01:33:25 AM  

Lsherm: Triumph: The upcoming Xbone could make Surface excess inventory look like the good old days. That can only mean one thing - Microsoft will be forced disguise the red ink with a major merger in 2014.

Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.


I admittedly don't follow it closely, but the Xbone unveiling was pretty bad. I stick by my prediction that Ballmer will be forced to consider a major acquisition to take the heat off the stock. He's almost out of other moves.
 
2013-07-31 01:41:05 AM  
fta That $900m writedown was related to Surface RT only, (...) Ballmer has already hinted that a second wave of Surface slabs is in the works...

Gonna make it up in volume?
 
2013-07-31 01:42:44 AM  
"Fondleslabs."

That is all.
 
2013-07-31 02:20:49 AM  

teknishn: MS just doesn't get it.  They wanted to try something different and failed.  They tried to make a device that gave you a little bit of everything, but in reality it stinks in all categories.  Tablets are supposed to be simple and light weight... both literal and in general.... with simpler touch focused apps and great battery life.  For really getting work done you need a more power ultra book at minimum with a full OS.  From Apples side, the iPad does everything a tablet should do and does it very very well.  Their laptops are also great at what they do.  Same can be said for Samsung gear etc.  The surface is a mash of the 2 and sucks at being either.  As a tablet its heavier, gets crap battery life, the OS and few default apps wipe out 50% of your storage, and its actually not very 'touch' friendly compared to other leading tablets.  The keyboard cover is a joke.  As a laptop replacement, see last comment, keyboard/trckpad are pathetic, can't use it in your lap, very weak on power, RT rig can't run x86 apps, and even if they can those apps aren't meant for touch.  What a freakin mess.


My father, all of 72 years old and not technically savvy, has replaced his laptop and my mother's with two Chromebooks.  They are both extremely happy with them.  They're also watching Barney Miller from Amazon Prime.  I didn't help them figure any of this out, but the net effect is that they both think a new computer should cost $250 or less.

Dangerous for MS.
 
2013-07-31 02:33:16 AM  
Item 1: Fondleslab is my pr0n star middle name. Chip Fondleslab F*ckmonster

Item 2: It's about time for Microsoft to splinter itself for the sake of long term viability. The games division will be one totally separate company, sink or swim. The older OS's can be one company by themselves, to see if they can make a profit by continuing to refine and sell every older OS up through 7. The mobile phone and hardware divisions can be a separate sink or swim business venture. And finally the Win 8/Metro/complete farking abomination OS division can all go off and die in a corner of the stock market somewhere.
 
2013-07-31 05:26:00 AM  
Oh baby.. Give me that slab.. Yeah.. Right there *ooooooh* baby your slab is soooo hard.. *squirt* Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh baby.. Give me more of that... Yeah.. Slab it on tight baby.. Yeah.. CALL ME DADDY SLABET!!! Ohhhhh Uhhhh *yeah* *queef*.. Tell me I'm a bad girl..
 
2013-07-31 05:32:48 AM  

Triumph: He's almost out of other moves.


Titanic                      Microsoft
Hit Iceberg               Release Surface tablets [day late and dollar short]
Shuffle Deckchairs  Companywide Reorg [done]
Band plays on         Major acquisition [maybe]
Sink                         ????
 
2013-07-31 05:34:36 AM  
The Surface Pro is actually a pretty great high-end tablet that can double as a laptop. Their mistake was releasing the Surface RT alongside it, a tablet priced the same as an iPad but that's worse in every way that matters while having no apps. They released two products very similar in name and appearance but with very different functionality, no wonder the market was confused and disinterested.
 
2013-07-31 05:46:32 AM  
Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.
 
2013-07-31 05:55:28 AM  

Pharque-it: Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.


You don't tend to make money being innovative, you fine tune someone else's innovation and then market the hell out of it.
 
2013-07-31 06:01:09 AM  

xria: Pharque-it: Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.

You don't tend to make money being innovative, you fine tune someone else's innovation and then market the hell out of it.


Just wait until they kill Skype by demanding Win8 to run it. That is marketing man!
They got nothing.
 
2013-07-31 06:04:12 AM  

xria: Pharque-it: Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.

You don't tend to make money being innovative, you fine tune someone else's innovation and then market the hell out of it.


Hence, Apple
 
2013-07-31 06:13:45 AM  
I've actually warmed up to win 8.1 on the desktop. I think it's a lot more refined than 8. Though I use it on a VM I have no idea how I'd feel if I made it my main booting OS.
 
2013-07-31 06:22:59 AM  
Knock another $100 off the price and I'd get one. Even though it doesn't have anywhere near the ecosystem of iOS or Android, here are enough apps, combined with Office built in, that I'd be happy with an RT tablet. But they're simply too pricey for what you get.
 
2013-07-31 06:52:27 AM  

EngineerAU: Knock another $100 off the price and I'd get one. Even though it doesn't have anywhere near the ecosystem of iOS or Android, here are enough apps, combined with Office built in, that I'd be happy with an RT tablet. But they're simply too pricey for what you get.


This.  Last time I saw one, the pro model, it was $900.  If I'm in that spending range, then I'll be looking for a laptop, not a tablet.  It may very well be a good product, but hell, if you price the consumer out of the market, then how the hell would anyone know?  This was some pretty poor pricing and marketing all around out of Microsoft.
 
2013-07-31 06:55:15 AM  

Triumph: Lsherm: Triumph: The upcoming Xbone could make Surface excess inventory look like the good old days. That can only mean one thing - Microsoft will be forced disguise the red ink with a major merger in 2014.

Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.

I admittedly don't follow it closely, but the Xbone unveiling was pretty bad. I stick by my prediction that Ballmer will be forced to consider a major acquisition to take the heat off the stock. He's almost out of other moves.


The problem here is that MS is doing an Apple, telling the customer what they want, not what they need, except the problem is the kind of people that are into being told are already Apple customers...

What people wanted from a next gen console is not a new skin for their Cable box, but a powerful box that can create more emersive worlds with the power to provide believable AI, that is next gen,  it is not waving your arms around!   The Wii era is dead, that ship has sailed along with those customers.  Now they have spent a large part of the buget putting that stupid spy device in evey box, leaving a piss weal console strapped onto a cable box!

MS and XBox are like Lucas and Ja-Jar,  no one wanted it in number two, but fark you for not accepting it, this time it's going to be right in your face!!
 
2013-07-31 06:58:07 AM  

Lsherm: My father, all of 72 years old and not technically savvy, has replaced his laptop and my mother's with two Chromebooks.  They are both extremely happy with them.  They're also watching Barney Miller from Amazon Prime.  I didn't help them figure any of this out, but the net effect is that they both think a new computer should cost $250 or less.

Dangerous for MS.


Yup, this is what MS misjudged the most with the Surface. Apple are the only ones now that can get away with premium pricing.
 
2013-07-31 07:06:50 AM  

Jesus Farking Christ: This.  Last time I saw one, the pro model, it was $900.  If I'm in that spending range, then I'll be looking for a laptop, not a tablet.  It may very well be a good product, but hell, if you price the consumer out of the market, then how the hell would anyone know?  This was some pretty poor pricing and marketing all around out of Microsof


The pro, is a laptop.  That's why its expensive.  I have one and it lives up to everything it says it is.  It can play all my steam games nicely.  Even has a special mode for playing Civ V with some enhanced touch controls.  Windows 8 is much more wieldy on a touch interface than a desktop so it really shines here.  Plus my wife, who is an artist, loves opening photoshop and drawing with the same precision as you'd see on a wacom product.

Someone already said it before, and many times in other threads.  Surface RT /= Surface Pro.  MS really pole vaulted the emu by naming them the same thing.  The RT should have been just that, Microsoft RT or Tablet RT or whatever marketing can come up with.  Naming it surface RT made people think that the pro and the rt were essentially the same except one was higher end, which put undue expectations on the lower end.

Anyway...the Pro rocks, much more than the iPad.  And I don't dislike the iPad.
 
2013-07-31 07:11:21 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Triumph: He's almost out of other moves.

Titanic                      Microsoft
Hit Iceberg               Release Surface tablets [day late and dollar short]
Shuffle Deckchairs  Companywide Reorg [done]
Band plays on         Major acquisition [maybe]
Sink                         ????


???? = Bought by HP, like they bought Comaq, DEC, Palm....
 
2013-07-31 07:37:42 AM  

cman: Microsoft should just discontinue the RT and focus upon the Silvermont processors that Intel is about to release. Those CPU's will change the mobile game


Changing the game hasn't been about processor cycles, storage, battery life, ect. in a long time.  They need to offer the next step up in user interface or seemless integration.  Trying to compete on specifications has been a losing battle for awhile now.
 
2013-07-31 07:46:34 AM  
Microsoft screwed up both pricing and branding.

The RT should be priced the same as the Kindle Fire.  It needs to compete on price because it can't beat the iPad on functionality or apps.

The Pro should have been more aggressively marketed as a laptop-replacement that is far more versatile than the iPad.

And the RT and the Pro should not both be named "Surface."
 
2013-07-31 07:55:34 AM  
I don't get why MS decided to try to get into the tablet market now. Hasn't almost everyone who wanted a tablet already gone out and bought one? Even if they plan on upgrading, existing tablet users would probably get something they're familiar with.

If MS wants to do something other than their OS and Office, they should spin off those two products into a separate company and let the rest of MS work without having to always worry how new products can be the wind beneath the wings of those two products. It's ironic that MS would probably be better off right now if they were broken up back in 2000.
 
2013-07-31 08:03:54 AM  

Lsherm: Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.


Yes, I know.  It's depressing.  Just who would actually bother to buy one of these things after what they tried to pull?

teknishn: My XboxOne is preordered though... and I can't wait for it.


YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!  Quit buying from companies that want to F you in the A!

I mean, seriously, I know all companies try to do it, but Microsoft's latest foray into consumer ass-fraking was especially bad and without lube.  Even though they pulled out early and changed their tune, it's made me realize that I really shouldn't invest in a XBone, since they are likely going to try to pull this shiat again.

And you shouldn't preorder the fraking thing, either.  Unless you like being XBoned every time you want to play a game.

/all puns intentional
//suck it
 
2013-07-31 08:14:11 AM  

blue_2501: Lsherm: Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.

Yes, I know.  It's depressing.  Just who would actually bother to buy one of these things after what they tried to pull?

teknishn: My XboxOne is preordered though... and I can't wait for it.

YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!  Quit buying from companies that want to F you in the A!

I mean, seriously, I know all companies try to do it, but Microsoft's latest foray into consumer ass-fraking was especially bad and without lube.  Even though they pulled out early and changed their tune, it's made me realize that I really shouldn't invest in a XBone, since they are likely going to try to pull this shiat again.

And you shouldn't preorder the fraking thing, either.  Unless you like being XBoned every time you want to play a game.

/all puns intentional
//suck it


I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.
 
2013-07-31 08:28:58 AM  
As someone that doesn't have a tablet but has used them, I have a genuine question.

Every time I use an extended family's iPad I am ridiculously frustrated when I want to do a second thing I have to stop doing the first thing.  For example, I was watching a movie and wanted to quickly Wikipedia something about it... I had to stop watching the movie.  I am almost always doing roughly 2 things at once, such as monitoring a chat window while reading.  Or the aforementioned watching a video while surfing.

I guess my question is, if you WERE going to buy a tablet in that range, why wouldn't you get the surface.  I find the "1 thing at a time" ridiculously limiting to the point where "2 things at a time" feels like a marvelous innovation.

/Still prefers a laptop for "consumption"
 
2013-07-31 08:30:41 AM  

Lsherm: Triumph: The upcoming Xbone could make Surface excess inventory look like the good old days. That can only mean one thing - Microsoft will be forced disguise the red ink with a major merger in 2014.

Uh, they sold out of the entire first production run already.  It may not sell as many total units as the 360, but it won't be a failure out of the gate.  Neither will the PS4 - it's sold out, too.


How many units were in the first run? Five million? Five?
 
2013-07-31 08:32:03 AM  
I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.

Go ahead and continue spending your money on scams. I do not care. But do not shoot the messenger.
 
2013-07-31 08:34:57 AM  
Hopefully they dump them all at $99 like that other tablet. I missed out on that one.
 
2013-07-31 08:35:06 AM  

Beta Tested: As someone that doesn't have a tablet but has used them, I have a genuine question.

Every time I use an extended family's iPad I am ridiculously frustrated when I want to do a second thing I have to stop doing the first thing.  For example, I was watching a movie and wanted to quickly Wikipedia something about it... I had to stop watching the movie.  I am almost always doing roughly 2 things at once, such as monitoring a chat window while reading.  Or the aforementioned watching a video while surfing.

I guess my question is, if you WERE going to buy a tablet in that range, why wouldn't you get the surface.  I find the "1 thing at a time" ridiculously limiting to the point where "2 things at a time" feels like a marvelous innovation.

/Still prefers a laptop for "consumption"


Surface Pro, or Surface RT? In the Metro interface, you still are not going to have the ability to run multiple apps side by side. With the Surface Pro, you can run applications from the desktop much as you would any normal computer.
 
2013-07-31 08:37:47 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Hopefully they dump them all at $99 like that other tablet. I missed out on that one.


The Blackberry tablet? Yeah, I'm annoyed I missed out on that too. Fairly decent specs and you could 'port Android apps to it.
 
2013-07-31 08:38:05 AM  

Pharque-it: I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.

Go ahead and continue spending your money on scams. I do not care. But do not shoot the messenger.


Awww, you're cute when your pouty. Can I get you a glass of milk?
 
2013-07-31 08:42:40 AM  

MightyPez: Pharque-it: I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.

Go ahead and continue spending your money on scams. I do not care. But do not shoot the messenger.

Awww, you're cute when your pouty. Can I get you a glass of milk?


I have owned too many Microsoft (Macroshiat) based devices that have been obsoleted with the one you just bought to think that they care about the consumer. Screwing YOU is their business model.
 
2013-07-31 08:47:26 AM  

Beta Tested: As someone that doesn't have a tablet but has used them, I have a genuine question.

Every time I use an extended family's iPad I am ridiculously frustrated when I want to do a second thing I have to stop doing the first thing.  For example, I was watching a movie and wanted to quickly Wikipedia something about it... I had to stop watching the movie.  I am almost always doing roughly 2 things at once, such as monitoring a chat window while reading.  Or the aforementioned watching a video while surfing.

I guess my question is, if you WERE going to buy a tablet in that range, why wouldn't you get the surface.  I find the "1 thing at a time" ridiculously limiting to the point where "2 things at a time" feels like a marvelous innovation.

/Still prefers a laptop for "consumption"


I can only answer for us, but I use the iPad for Pandora around the house and that's about it.  My wife will use it to read her personal email and play a couple of games in the evening.  Otherwise, the iPad is a travel device for us.  If we're going to be watching something online, it will be on our laptop with its bigger screen or on our "smart TV."

And I don't usually want to surf the web or chat while I'm watching a video, but if I do then that's another application for the iPad or my phone.  Watch the video on the laptop and grab the iPad to imdb an actor in the show or search for an obscure reference in Wikipedia on my phone.  You always have your phone right there anyway, right?
 
2013-07-31 08:52:49 AM  

MightyPez: I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.


badhaven.com

I mean, if that's your thing...
 
2013-07-31 08:56:46 AM  

Gunther: The Surface Pro is actually a pretty great high-end tablet that can double as a laptop. Their mistake was releasing the Surface RT alongside it, a tablet priced the same as an iPad but that's worse in every way that matters while having no apps. They released two products very similar in name and appearance but with very different functionality, no wonder the market was confused and disinterested.


All of that, plus Microsoft believes that people are more interested in break-dancing with the thing than actually using it.
 
2013-07-31 08:58:23 AM  

Pharque-it: Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.


Yes. Microsoft invented the tablet a decade ago, along with smartphones.

They also invented AJAX, which the entire internet now runs on, but was derided at the time as "non standard bullshiat".

Microsoft innovates: people say they're breaking shiat.
Microsoft refines: people say they never innovate.

Apple rips something off, makes it less functional, makes it cost more: Everyone hails them as the third coming of Christ.

The bias is ridiculous.
 
2013-07-31 09:00:15 AM  
Abe Vigoda's Ghost:

Surface Pro, or Surface RT? In the Metro interface, you still are not going to have the ability to run multiple apps side by side. With the Surface Pro, you can run applications from the desktop much as you would any normal computer.

RT, that is the iPad competitor.  You can absolutely run apps side by side in Metro, I have Win8 on my desktop (doing it right now), and the videos clearly show it on the RT as well.
 
2013-07-31 09:00:38 AM  

Joe_diGriz: Gunther: The Surface Pro is actually a pretty great high-end tablet that can double as a laptop. Their mistake was releasing the Surface RT alongside it, a tablet priced the same as an iPad but that's worse in every way that matters while having no apps. They released two products very similar in name and appearance but with very different functionality, no wonder the market was confused and disinterested.

All of that, plus Microsoft believes that people are more interested in break-dancing with the thing than actually using it.


Yeah, I never got that ad campaign. I guess trying to look cool is more important then what your product can actually do.
 
2013-07-31 09:03:36 AM  
Parkanzky:
I can only answer for us, but I use the iPad for Pandora around the house and that's about it.  My wife will use it to read her personal email and play a couple of games in the evening.  Otherwise, the iPad is a travel device for us.  If we're going to be watching something online, it will be on our laptop with its bigger screen or on our "smart TV."

And I don't usually want to surf the web or chat while I'm watching a video, but if I do then that's another application for the iPad or my phone.  Watch the video on the laptop and grab the iPad to imdb an actor in the show or search for an obscure reference in Wikipedia on my phone.  You always have your phone right there anyway, right?


I don't have a smartphone :D  I've thinking about one for a couple of years now but it is hard to justify the cost considering I have a pay-per-use phone right now that I spend a grand total of $100 a year on (in Norway, so that is especially good).

I guess it is probably a user style thing then.  I was nothing but absolutely frustrated with the limitations of the iPad, but I guess I would still probably feel the same way with the RT just a little less so?
 
2013-07-31 09:05:23 AM  
Probably because the people who don't want an ipad are smart enough to realize current tablets are a waste of resources.
 
2013-07-31 09:09:03 AM  

MithrandirBooga: Pharque-it: Has Microsoft EVER been innovative?
'nuff said.

Yes. Microsoft invented the tablet a decade ago, along with smartphones.


No, they did not. And the thing was not upgradeable.

They also invented AJAX, which the entire internet now runs on, but was derided at the time as "non standard bullshiat".

Internet running on AJAX? Gimme AF break!

Microsoft innovates: people say they're breaking shiat. What did the REALLY innovate? Tell me.
Microsoft refines: people say they never innovate. They steal/buy and destoy.

Apple rips something off, makes it less functional, makes it cost more: Everyone hails them as the third coming of Christ.

The bias is ridiculous.
They are the biggest preventer of REAL development on the surface of earth.
 
2013-07-31 09:17:56 AM  

Parkanzky: cman: Microsoft should just discontinue the RT and focus upon the Silvermont processors that Intel is about to release. Those CPU's will change the mobile game

Changing the game hasn't been about processor cycles, storage, battery life, ect. in a long time.They need to offer the next step up in user interface or seemless integration.  Trying to compete on specifications has been a losing battle for awhile now.


This is where you are wrong. Battery life in a mobile device matters.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com

Even when you ignore the Surface RT that nobody wants, Surface Pro utterly fails when it comes to the most important metric in a mobile device, battery life.

When compared to pure tablets, both Apple and Samsung's tablets kick it's ass.

When compared to an all out laptop, the Macbook Air utterly destroys it. Double the battery life, plus more than two hours?

Surface is just a big ole ball of fail anyway you look at it.
 
2013-07-31 09:21:41 AM  

blue_2501: MightyPez: I preordered one too. Please oh please tell me what I should and should not be spending my money on. People love having strangers lecture them.

[www.badhaven.com image 400x300]

I mean, if that's your thing...


You may want to re-watch that episode. That image isn't conveying what you think it is.
 
2013-07-31 09:33:08 AM  

Beta Tested: I don't have a smartphone :D  I've thinking about one for a couple of years now but it is hard to justify the cost considering I have a pay-per-use phone right now that I spend a grand total of $100 a year on (in Norway, so that is especially good).

I guess it is probably a user style thing then.  I was nothing but absolutely frustrated with the limitations of the iPad, but I guess I would still probably feel the same way with the RT just a little less so?


Yeah, it sounds like you're hoping to use a tablet as a computer.  Most of the time I hear people complaining about tablets, they're arguing against those limitations.  My thought is always the same, "Just buy a laptop then."  Where the tablet shines is when I'm on planes or when my wife wants to surf the web in the car.
 
2013-07-31 09:35:45 AM  

Archie Goodwin: Triumph: He's almost out of other moves.

Titanic                      Microsoft
Hit Iceberg               Release Surface tablets [day late and dollar short]
Shuffle Deckchairs  Companywide Reorg [done]
Band plays on         Major acquisition [maybe]
Sink                         ????


You left the xbone and windows 8 out.
 
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