The Alternative Optimistic spin for Microsoft Tablets

A reader took offense with coverage of negative spin on the Microsoft Surface and Microsoft tablets.

Seeking Alpha has an article with a positive view of the potential for the Microsoft Surface and Microsoft tablets in general.

The positive spin is that these will be highly successful and double Microsoft tablet market share in 2013 to 10% and again to 20% in 2015. I do not see Microsoft growing to 10% tablet market share next year or in 2015.

The Next Web says a source close to Microsoft let slip on the tablet pricing, claiming the Surface tablet sporting Windows RT, and powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip, will set you back $599 (around £380).

The Intel powered Ivy Bridge slate, which will run Windows 8 Pro, will apparently retail at a rather eye watering $999 (around £640).

Do any readers feel that the prices and features are compelling ?
Are there 1 in 10 or 1 in 5 who would want to buy these devices ?

Microsoft Surface website

Specifications of Microsoft’s new tablets:

Surface for Windows RT tablet

Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
Weight: 676 grams
Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch Clear Type HD capacitive touch panel
Battery: 31.5Wh
I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
Pricing: To be determined

Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet

Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Weight: 903 grams
Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchpanel
Battery: 42Wh
I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows 8 Pro
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
Availability: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
Pricing: To be determined

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