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
"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
Oak Trail low
power CPU that's perfect for mobile applications, according to
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
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.
quote: Free app market without app censorship does not help the platform progress, Apple's censorship works better. Very similar to what Pinochet has done actually. Striking similarity with very bright economic results in both cases.
quote: Not in the case with Apple's app market censorship. Also the cons do not always outweigh the positives. There were cases in history where prompt removal of free speech and civil freedom have actually saved societies from bigger evil. Case in point - Russia and Finland. When Russians suffered communist revolution in 1917 nobody came to help, there was noone to quickly eradicate the danger and wipe out all the commies. Hence Russia suffered 70 years of red terror and now is mostly destroyed, unable to create any meaningful modern economy because all the smart and strong people (entrepreneurs mostly) fled the country during these 70 years. Compare it with Finland which also suffered a commy revolution in 1918, but Finns were much more lucky because unlike Russians they happen to have a strong dictator - Mannerheim, who quickly killed all the commies in the country. His bloody initial policy turned out to be correct, if you compare what is modern Finland vs what is modern Russia.
quote: In military parlor this is also called a preemptive strike, and when you strike to kill a few people quickly to avoid larger disaster - this is not your lovely freedom of speech.
quote: both were not in favour of the people, only of themselves
quote: due the totalitarian state it became later
quote: Nazi Germany
quote: What did it achieve
quote: Hitler was a stupid dictator, not the smart one. He was a racist (meaning he was stupid)