Nobody`s laughing now. And Microsoft is looking more and more like a trendsetter.
Three years after Cook`s jab, the Surface Pro 3 is selling strong — strong enough that Microsoft is expected to launch a much-anticipated Surface Pro 4 at a special event on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Apple and Google have started to pay attention. This past September saw both companies introduce tablet-laptop hybrids: the Apple iPad Pro and the Google Pixel C.
"Apple just admitted Microsoft is right," read a headline here on Business Insider. Another one described the Pixel C as a "Surface killer."
It`s pretty simple. Google and Apple are not copying Microsoft. It`s simply that this combination tablet-laptop thing is just the very first version of what these tech titans want the world to look like.