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Microsoft talks trash about the iPad's business capabilities, in slide form.  (Source: Microsoft via ZDNet)
Redmond's finest hopes to score some tablet business from the corporate sector

After a long road, Microsoft is finally ready to enter the tablet market in earnest during 2011 with a number of Windows 7 tablets running on Intel Atom system-on-a-chip processors.  To date, Microsoft has only released one high profile Windows tablet -- the HP Slate 500 -- and by "high profile" we mean "sold 5,000 units at launch."

Microsoft obviously hopes for much bigger things, with rival Apple selling millions of iPads each month.  But it has its work cut out for it with the impending release of the Apple iPad 2.

In an attempt to counter the iPad's sizable market lead, Microsoft is planning to attack it where it's weakest -- on the business side.  The company has been passing about a slide deck to its partners entitled "Microsoft Commercial Slate PCs".

The slides brag that Windows 7 can do things that Apple's iOS 4.x can't do well, such as "provide remote assistance", "deploy LOB applications", and "secure corporate IP".  Clearly Microsoft plans on leveraging the fact that Windows 7 is a more secure OS, is richer in business software, and (with the help of Intel's chips) offers superior virtualization/networking capabilities.

A recent report by Seattle's TechFlash pointed out that if iPads were factored in to computer sales reports, Apple would jump ahead of Dell to become the world's second largest seller of personal computers.

But its new campaign just might work to some extent.  Many businesses have clearly been interested in the tablet craze, but have been wary of handing out hard-to-manage iPads to the staff.  If Microsoft plays its hand right and manages to offer a decent selection of affordable options, it may just win these slow adopters over.  The only big risk is the fact that Windows 7 tablets are expected to get worse battery life due to the fact that they use Intel, rather than ARM processors.

The real question for Microsoft is what to do next.  The company has to focus on developing a next generation Windows operating system focused on the tablet, and has to try to efficiently offer legacy software support for its newly adopted ARM architecture CPUs in order to close the battery life gap with its rivals.  But it also has to consider whether a full-fledged Windows environment is well suited for its next generation tablet OS, or whether it would be better off adopting its non-traditional Windows Phone 7/Zune OS in a larger form factor.

Microsoft's plans for this year is looking increasingly clear, but its long term plans are far less so.



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RE: Microsoft old hat
By Luticus on 1/25/2011 11:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
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Meanwhile, in a great deal of the world, people are still using the world's #1 most popular pirated OS: Microsoft XP. Until the day comes when Microsoft releases another pirate-friendly OS, the world will hang onto XP. Or, there may come a day when something better comes along.
fair enough, and for the most part i agree. That said, i'd like to point out how unbelievable SAD it is that that's probably true. God forbid someone actually pay for something they're using. Honestly it's not like windows 7 is all that difficult to pirate either. I simply choose not to.

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In any case, if I have to choose between a world of MS or Apple, I'll go with MS any day of the week.

Agreed, i'm glad you feel that way :D

One final thought, Ubuntu is ok... at best. Personal opinion though.
For me Debian with kde 4.x is my favorite or at least mint. Ubuntu is nice but it's got nothing on windows 7, granted i haven't tried the latest bleeding edge version yet.

Microsoft has a firm place in the technology world, their products and opinions are of huge importance. Microsoft may not be perfect and sure they've made their share of mistakes but in the end they are a great tech company and they aren't going anywhere any time soon.


RE: Microsoft old hat
By wordsworm on 1/26/2011 8:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
What really drives me nuts about it is that every time the network gets compromised (considering it's a hacked XP... I'd be surprised if it's not already hacked), they have to pay some yokel to fix it. Because of all that, I installed Ubuntu on my machine. I don't want them to have to perform a reinstall, wiping out my work.

One thing I've thought of considering XP, though, is how much more demanding it is now than it used to be. I remember it worked fine on 128MB, but then you needed 256MB. Then, 512. About two years ago, even that wasn't enough. I think you need around 1GB now. By doing this, it has occurred to me, MS has craftily managed to require people to upgrade their computers. Given that these computers had OEM XP, that meant either buying another XP or 'upgrading' to Vista.

I bought Vista twice. In the end, I reinstalled XP (in this case XP Pirate Edition) because it just gave me too many problems. I also used the pirated edition because I felt I'd already paid for Vista (the first motherboard I mucked up because of a Vista crash while trying to update the Bios, so I had to get another Vista.)

To be honest, I still don't like the Windows 7 service agreement. That's why I had to ultimately kick Vista since I wanted to keep that machine offline. I didn't want it to be compromised due to the fact that all my work was on there and it wasn't necessary for it to be online. But Vista ends up not working if it's kept offline for too long.


"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller














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