Ian King & Dina Bass reporting for Bloomberg on Microsoft being a day late and dollar short with whatever they’re trying to do:
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has sold about 1.5 million Surface devices, people with knowledge of the company’s sales said, a slow start in its bid to crack the fast-growing tablet market to make up for slumping personal-computer demand.
First Microsoft pisses off their vendors by coming out with what they consider the “ideal” (to add extra cheese to those air quotes, imagine Steve Ballmer making them) form factor for a Windows 8 tablet.
Then, their “ideal” fails to gain traction, making vendors think twice about even making their own.
Way to shoot yourself in the face, Ballmer.
Seriously though, what’s the incentive to make a Windows 8 tablet at this point?