Now, in an official document type thing, Microsoft admits that the Surface might serve to irk its Windows 8 friends.
As reported by The New York Times, Microsoft submitted an annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, and the comment of interest appears on page 14.
It reads: “our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
Ballmer has previously stressed that “the importance of the thousands of partners that we have that design and produce Windows computers will not diminish” as a result of the Microsoft Surface.
However, one thing you shouldn’t expect to see is "thousands" of Windows 8 slates. We learned during the week that Microsoft has restricted the number of OEMs working on Windows 8 RT (ARM-based) tablets.
Intel, meanwhile, says it’s tracking 20-plus Windows 8 tablets.
The Microsoft Surface RT is expected to be a Windows 8 launch device, which would make the release date October 26. Heck, that's less than three months from now...