Ever since word broke out that Microsoft was developing its very first in-house tablet, market watchers and industry analysts have been speculating just how it will fare against other heavyweights that are already out there. While it is downright unfair to compare the Surface slates against the iPad (Apple’s slate...

I just read a great article in Computerworld by Mike Elgan about Microsoft doing what was once unthinkable – competing with its partners. In the old days, the roles were pretty simple, Elgan asserts. Microsoft created the OS and OEMs made the hardware. Fairly easy for all parties to understand. Folks like Google, after...