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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 2:30:07 PM , Rating: 0
both were not in favour of the people, only of themselves
Yeah, as if people do not enjoy the booming Chilean economy (brought by dictator Pinochet) and booming iPhone/iPad app market (brought by dictator Jobs). You're trying to say that the healthy economy as well as healthy app market serve only the creators of this economy or this app market? And people do not benefit at all? Well, an idiot may agree with you, but not the smart person for sure.
due the totalitarian state it became later
Totalitarian state was a direct consequence of commies taking power in 1917. You didn't notice the similarity between Russia and all the other commie countries, did you? In every country where commies took power (Cuba, North Korea, China, etc) the state turned to totalitarian pretty quickly. You should learn history better, before posting here. Seriously.

Nazi Germany
Hitler was a stupid dictator, not the smart one. He was a racist (meaning he was stupid) and he started a war with the whole world, which was again a (second) epitome of stupidity. Pinochet or Mannerheim only suppressed internal opposition like commies, they never started big wars, especially with multiple countries like Hitler did. Why? Because they were SMART dictators. I never said ALL dictators in general are good, read my original posts again if you didn't understand that.
What did it achieve
You better ask yourself what would it NOT achieve if South Korea were lost to commies and UAE were lost to Saddam. Wanna leave in a world where BIG sh1t rules? Your choice, but I want to live in the world where the sh1t is not given a single fu*king chance to grow big and so it's shut down with a preemptive strike. Asian commies and Soviet Union got a blow from the US and hence South Korea survived, same with Persian Gulf countries, who quietly thank US for saving them from crazy lunatic in Baghdad.

By cmdrdredd on 7/31/2010 12:58:09 PM , Rating: 1
Hitler was a stupid dictator, not the smart one. He was a racist (meaning he was stupid)

So Obama, Holder and all the DOJ is also stupid by default because they are obviously blatantly racist.

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