NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It has been a couple of weeks since software giant Microsoft (MSFT) told its OEM partners Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report) and Dell (DELL) they now have to start carrying their own weight.In revealing its plans for the Surface tablet bearing its own name, Microsoft has essentially proclaimed its hardware independence. The implication is that it wants to stomach the responsibility for its own successes and failures -- the same model that has helped Apple (AAPL) become the largest company in the world while sending Research in Motion (RIMM) in a death spiral toward irrelevance.
Death of the PC Not the Death of HP, Dell
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