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Study Shows Price The Top Consideration For Kindle Fire, Android Tablet Owners

When buying a tablet, what’s most important to you? Price? Apps available? Operating system? 

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Have you heard?

Google unveiled a $199 7-inch tablet at Google I/O today, as expected. The “Nexus 7″ tablet is made by ASUS and comes in a WiFi only version (so far). Presumably there will be other versions later that offer more memory and/or carrier support. 

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Danny Sullivan shares his close-up time with Microsoft Surface. He just couldn’t actually USE it.

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Where Will Surface And Windows Phone 8 Be A Year From Now?
by Greg Sterling 

There were two big announcements this week coming out of Microsoft: the Surface tablet PC and the new mobile OS, Windows 8, which will be closely aligned with the desktop version of 8. At the same time the company announced that it had reached 100,000 mobile apps for the Windows Phone.

What now comes into clearer focus is Microsoft’s larger integrated PC-mobile push. This is Microsoft’s “one-two punch” and effort — last ditch according to some — to slow the iPad and deterioration of the PC market and re-insert itself into the consumer conversation.

Is This “Desperation” or a Bold New Vision?

Let’s examine what was announced and consider the potential impact of these products on the market. Pundits, observers and prognosticators appear generally divided into two camps. One holds that “Microsoft is desperate” and these efforts are likely to falter. The other argues that these are bold, exciting moves and will revive the Microsoft franchise.

I’m somewhere in the middle of these opposing views. Yet I’m also skeptical that these new products will radically transform Microsoft’s place in the market, as some are predicting. Most likely Microsoft’s Surface will negatively impact other PC sales and the Windows Phone 8 will have a modestly positive impact on handset sales.

Read more about Surface, Windows 8, and how it will all come down to price.

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reuters:

A look at the new Microsoft ‘Surface’ tablet compared to the third-generation Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Read more about the Microsoft ‘Surface’ tablet

Reblogged from Reuters