If Microsoft Can’t Carry Windows 8, Who Can?

Pretty soon Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) may see a boost in Windows-based tablet sales, but other manufacturers are likely to be the ones making the final sales.

There has been a whole slew of trouble piling up in front of, behind, underneath, and all around Microsoft’s Surface tablets: clunky names, lack of popularity, over-the-top prices, bugs, a late entry into a market already dominated by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and even an inability to supply the tablet to stores.

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When Microsoft launched Windows 8, there were chip delays and the company’s own restrictions on new hardware standing in the way of public availability — after all, it’s hard to buy a product that’s not on the shelf. Given the perfect storm that faced Microsoft and Windows 8, the launch didn’t go very well.

Microsoft and Windows 8 still have a long way to go to catch up with Apple, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in the tablet market. Fortunately for Microsoft, where the Surface fell short for Windows 8, other computer manufacturers might be able step in and do one better…