TheEmissary wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 11:12: A lot of people want and will pay the extra premium for the x86 tablets because they aren't confined solely to the walled garden and can run standard software from the back catalog. Being able to have full experience is a huge deal for tablets especially when most tablet apps are just phone apps on a large screen.
I have a feeling the ARM version will be the loss-leader for Microsoft kind of like what they did with the XBox. I can see that version being comparable in price to either to the iPad or a low end notebook.
Ultimately it comes down to what people need or want out of the device. If you want a media consumption device then the iOS/Android tablets will fill that need far cheaper. If you want netbook/ultrabook with different form factor you might be considering the Microsoft tablet.
How well is that standard software from the back catalog
A) Going to run on a tablet? B) Going to run on W8?
I think that'll be a huge question that those people are going to need an answer to before splurging.
And I don't know that there are that many people who get a tablet for serious work. There have been a few tools at my work who demanded an iPad "so they could work better!" and the company bought them all iPads, and of course they hardly ever use them because, yeah, you can't do serious work on them. A tablet's a coffee table toy.