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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.
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…
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