Microsoft is taking control of the companies allowed to sell its tablets and limiting the number according to the Wall Street Journal. There are two good reasons for Microsoft to change its traditional open system where everyone had a shot at becoming a hardware partner.
- It is imperative Microsoft get the tablet roll out right and they need to get involved early to ensure the partners with the best products get to market quickly with limited competition to ensure success.
- Microsoft is losing to Apple because in part its user interfaces and product designs are vastly inferior. I’ve mentioned the difference between using a clunky Dell laptop Vs. an iPad before. They need to take control of this problem and one hopes they will police more tightly the final tablet user experience with attention to detail commensurate with that of the iPad and its magnetic cover.