Who didn't see that coming; litigation over failed Surface RT launch
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, winRT, fail, Surface RT
Predicting the next best thing in mobile computing is not an easy task, nor is convincing people that your run of the mill product is in fact the second coming of sliced bread. However some products are doomed to failure from their inception, regardless of the quality of the product due to the company in question attempting something that does not fit with their specialization. Ask Ryan about his Zune, a quality product doomed to failure thanks to the fact that it was hardware born to a software company that has not previously needed to worry about package design or producing physical products.
Surface RT on the other hand was full of warts to begin with and doesn't have any of the saving graces that Microsoft's audio player did, it does nothing well and some things 'just good enough'. MSI came out against Microsoft's plans to produce hardware in direct competition to the companies that have been licensing Windows for their products from the beginning and ASUS also expressed doubts not only about the success of the product but the wisdom of trying to steal business from your customers. Surface for the most part has been successful but the WinRT version has been an overpriced failure. This is probably why the inevitable has happened, it will be lawyers at dawn. You can read the complaint that was filed over at The Register if you wish.
"According to a press release issued by the law firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd on Monday, the suit charges Microsoft with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including failing to disclose "then presently known trends, events, or uncertainties" in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission."
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- Leap Motion Controller exploit demoed by Malwarebytes @ The Inquirer