It seems like the Microsoft's upcoming Surface is simply too hot for PC makers to handle, according to Cnet News.com
"[PC makers] are pissed off and they are looking for strategies now to not only counter the iPad
but counter Surface," said a source at a large company that's part of the ecosystem -- the
component suppliers and device manufacturers -- that does business with PC makers.
Microsoft, some say, was left with little choice but to throw down the gauntlet to PC companies.
"If Microsoft had seen compelling enough plans from [PC makers], they wouldn't have needed
to do this," Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy, told CNET earlier
in the week, referring to the Surface launch.
The report clearly suggests that Microsoft Surface is, without a doubt
an iPad killer, hence the PC makers are worried.
That reports suggests nothing of the kind, especially the section you quoted. It merely states that the
makers of standard x86 PC's (the likes of Dell, HP, Asus ... etc.) are not only wanting to counter the
effect of the iPad with their desktops/laptops, but now also counter the upcoming MS Surface too.
If anything, it's on the contrary. Microsoft Surface looks to damage PC OEMs rather than iPad sales.
Like I've said before, Microsoft Surface can only really be an iPad killer if it's entry level Windows RT
model is competitively priced against the iPad, and also sold internationally beyond the US borders.
The "Pro" model of Microsoft Surface, running Windows 8 Pro, is more an "ultrabook" than simply
a tablet ... the only equivalent product from Apple is the MacBook Air.
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