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Says that his company is about to step up their efforts

It's no secret that Microsoft's tablet efforts are somewhat of a mess right now. After scrapping its much anticipated Courier concept, Bill Gates assured Microsoft's fans that his company hadn't given up on tablets -- but that didn't stop several key players from the tablet team from jumping ship.

Now Microsoft is left staring at Apple's fiscal third quarter, which featured sales of 3.27 million iPads.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented on a recent call to analysts [DOCX], "Apple has done an interesting job of putting together a synthesis and putting a product out, and in which they've -- they sold certainly more than I'd like them to sell, let me just be clear about that. We think about that. We think about that in competitive sense."

Ballmer made it clear that his company is not interested in pursuing a separate OS for tablets like Apple (the iPad uses a variant of the same tweaked and stripped down version of OS X found in the iPad).  He states, "We’re coming.  We’re coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows."

Windows tablets will soon get a boost from Intel's upcoming
Oak Trail low power CPU that's perfect for mobile applications, according to Ballmer.  Oak Trail is Intel's name for its upcoming successor to the Atom series of processors which will launch in early 2011.  Among other things it features full 1080p video and HDMI support, all while reportedly cutting power consumption 50 percent.

Ballmer insists that Windows tablets are just around the river bend, stating, "Some of you will say, well, when? When? And I say, As soon as they're ready. They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready. And it is job one urgency around here."

The real question, though, might be -- who?  ASUS has already ditched Windows CE for Linux in its smaller upcoming tablet (the larger 12.1" still presumably uses Windows 7) and HP is using webOS from recently acquired Palm instead of Windows 7.  That leaves a handful of other players -- MSI, Lenovo, Acer, and Dell (among others).  However, some of those -- like Dell -- are considering instead jumping ship to Google's Android OS.

At this point it's anybody's game to step up and challenge Apple.  Windows 7, webOS, and Android seem the top contenders.  The first Android tablet (or Mobile Internet Device, if you prefer), the Dell Streak, will reportedly hit before the end of the month in the U.S.  A 5-inch model will come first, followed by others.

With Android being the first to hit the market, Microsoft may be left vying for third place in the tabletsphere.  And that's something that's bound to get Ballmer real worked up.

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RE: "Job one urgency" is the tablet? WTF?!
By Pirks on 7/30/2010 12:27:54 PM , Rating: 1
yeah, right, and the lack of multitasking and copy/paste is also nothing alike? come on, your excuses are sooo thin :)))

RE: "Job one urgency" is the tablet? WTF?!
By Mitch101 on 7/30/2010 12:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
I dont need true multitasking on a phone it would just kill battery life. I actually agree with Apple decision to keep flash off the iPhone its a waste of CPU/battery in most applications. BTW your iPhone doesnt have true multitasking either. Im willing to trade multitasking for more battery life.

copy/paste? Is this the best you can do for an argument? I think Microsoft would have no issue creating the same copy/paste funtion found in my blackberry or I could write the app to add it as a menu function similar to the blackberry.

What else you got? How about a signal? No bars awe theres a rubber band to fix that.

RE: "Job one urgency" is the tablet? WTF?!
By Pirks on 7/30/2010 12:51:01 PM , Rating: 1
I dont need true multitasking on a phone
Now you technogeeks changed the tune and rotated 180 degrees, I remember DT forums crying that lousy iPhone does not have true multitasking and hence it sucks. Too late to backpedal buddy :P
copy/paste? Is this the best you can do for an argument?
Two arguments showing how exactly MS copies Apple is more than enough for ya
I think Microsoft would have
You think they would, they would you could, blah blah. Whatever you think what one could and would - this doesn't change hard cold facts :P

RE: "Job one urgency" is the tablet? WTF?!
By Mitch101 on 7/30/2010 1:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
I dont recall ever stating without multitasking the phone would suck and I dont represent everyone on the DT forums. I rather like Apple's take on it with the freeze. I dont want my phone battery dying because I left something running in background. I could care less about multitasking on a phone with a screen size of 4.3 inches.

Apple invented Copy/Paste? Im not following you here its an easy fix. I could say Apple is copying my Blackberry.

Your judging a device that isnt available yet. I doubt youve even watched a single Mobile 7 video otherwise you might have some positive things to say about it but I suspect since Microsoft name is on it you automatically think it has problems.

BTW did you finally find a place to stand to get that signal yet or does your iPhone need to wear a condom.

By Pirks on 7/30/2010 1:36:50 PM , Rating: 1
I rather like Apple's take on it with the freeze
Great, so now you contradicted your own phrase above "Hype can only carry you so far", so will you backpedal now or what? ;)
Apple invented Copy/Paste?
No, it's MS copying Apple's lack of one in the first versions of iOS.
does your iPhone
My Nokia phone feels alright, thank you.

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