Microsoft claims Surface tablet is "just a design point"



Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is attempting to reassure jittery vendors that Redmond's recently unveiled Windows 8 Surface tablet is simply a "design point" - rather than a competing device.



Windows 8 sparks concern amongst vendors

Microsoft Windows 8 has long been touted as the savior of the laptop and notebook market - which faces a very real threat from Apple's iPad and various Android tablets. 



Report: Android smartphones plagued by high failure rate

A recently published survey claims Android smartphones suffer from a relatively high failure rate, at least compared to Apple, Microsoft and RIM.