Dan Lyons sees the new tablet as part of a larger trend:

In the new era, three major players—Apple, Google, and Microsoft—will sell complete solutions, with four main elements: hardware, operating software, online store for selling apps and content (music, movies) for those devices, and a cloud service for storing content.

Casey Mulligan recalls when "the Justice Department accused Microsoft of maintaining a monopoly in personal-computer operating systems and expressed concern that Microsoft would extend that monopoly":

In the computer industry at least, current market shares are no guarantee of future success. What might appear to be monopolies are frequently and decisively broken by innovative competitors rather than antitrust regulators.