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Microsoft Forfeits its Secret Weapon with Tablet Launch

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http://www.thevarguy.com – It’s all been written already: The prototype’s got great CPU power; a big, high-res screen; cool, detachable keyboard; and promised access to a wide variety of Windows applications. Yes, Microsoft has re-entered the volume hardware device market. However, it’s doing it without the assistance of one of its biggest competitive weapons vs. Oracle, SAP, Hewlett-Packard and, most importantly, Apple — its authorized resellers. As channel strategists and economists, we understand the cost considerations of trying to hit street prices profitably when taking a product through an indirec (IT news)