In the Tablet War, Microsoft Is Fighting the Wrong Battle

Have you seen the slew of Windows 8 tablets? There's a wide assortment of devices due from Acer, ASUS, Dell, and, of course, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) . However, you won't find a single iPad killer among them, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video.

Why? Because software and content are more important than hardware in the tablet war, Tim argues. Look at Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad Mini, a top seller despite its comparatively dim display and Siri's well-publicized shortcomings. A rich library of apps and content more than makes up for its deficits elsewhere.

Microsoft isn't likely to catch up soon. A quick survey of the Windows 8 store finds apps for Netflix and Hulu, but nothing for HBO, Showtime, or Amazon Instant Video. YouTube doesn't even merit an official app.

What chance of winning the tablet war does Mr. Softy have when its most advanced devices are destined to fall short in the eyes of customers who depend on tablets to watch movies and TV? Tim answers this question and more in the video below.

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  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2013, at 10:14 PM, GameBot wrote:

    I love these guys, they know nothing.

    Windows 8 does not require an app to use Hulu, Amazon prime or instant.

    I strongly suggest a little DD next time.

  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2013, at 8:57 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @GameBot,

    Thanks for writing.

    >>Windows 8 does not require an app to use Hulu, Amazon prime or instant.

    You could say the same about Android since you only need a browser for these services. Trouble is, the viewing experience stinks.

    A default isn't a strategy.

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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