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Microsoft isn't overly concerned about its struggles in the tablet industry, according to a top executive.  (Source: Reuters)
Company is unconcerned about the iPad and its Android counterparts

Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, in an interview with Reuters, delved into the topic of tablets.  When asked whether Microsoft was concerned about the iPad and other tablets affecting the company's dominance of the PC market, he states, "Devices are going to go and come."

Microsoft is currently partnering with Intel to roll out 10 or more Windows tablets this year.  But those tablets, like the currently available HP Slate 500, don't have an operating system refined for touch (they run Windows 7).  And while they may offer compatibility for some files that competing tablets cannot (e.g. the iOS-powered iPad and Android devices), they are expected to also have inferior battery life, as Intel Atom SoCs are currently less power-efficient than competitive ARM SoCs used in these rivals.

In the long term Microsoft plans to fix those problems by embracing ARM and releasing a version of Windows fine-tuned for tablets.  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announced that Windows 8 will support ARM processors at CES 2011.  Much like Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Microsoft’s Windows 8 will also have a build refined for a touch-driven tablet world.

But Windows 8 may not arrive until 2012 -- or later.

Recent reports revealed that when tablets are factored in to Apple's PC market share, it jumps to number two on the list of top worldwide PC sellers, passing Dell.  And Android devices are heating up too, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab selling well and Honeycomb devices launching this Spring.

Mr. Courtois says that even if Microsoft faces an uphill battle in the tablet market, those problems will be offset by Microsoft information technology gains in developing markets.  He states, "We see some growth across the world both in developed countries and in emerging countries and that helps the IT spending (outlook)."

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RE: What is he supposed to say?
By StraightCashHomey on 1/28/2011 11:11:54 AM , Rating: 4
All kidding aside, I hope they do well in the tablet market. I work for a large school district, and we're predominately a Microsoft environment. This iPad craze is driving me nuts. It's a good product, but I'm afraid that we're going to get pushed into a corner to have to provide a lot of support and managability for them.

I want some quality, affordable Windows tablets so we can leverage AD to the fullest extent, and not have 10 different management platforms for all of the different iOS and Android devices that may be coming in the future.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By melgross on 1/28/11, Rating: 0
By StraightCashHomey on 1/28/2011 12:29:30 PM , Rating: 1
There aren't any YET.

iPads are easier to manage for who? For a home user or for an environment consisting of 2,000 devices with a mature Active Directory infrastructure?

There is already a lot of interest in the EDU side with iPads and tablets. Mobile devices are the wave of the future for education.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By Smilin on 1/28/2011 2:47:42 PM , Rating: 3
No such thing as a quality, affordable Windows tablet. If it's a quality tablet, it's going to be expensive, heavy, and have poor battery life. If it's inexpensive, then all bets are off.

They'll be along soon enough but even so ALL products trade off somewhere. With the iPad you have cost, compatibility, and a phone OS instead of OSX. IMHO the MacBook Air absolutely clowns the iPad across the board.

With a Windows Tablet like say the recent Asus you have decent cost, decent weight, a huge feature list, great OS, but you get crappy battery life, and a mid-range display.

IPads are much easier to manage. It's not likely Windows tablets will become popular in schools.


Microsoft has an awesome management portfolio for all Windows products. I would even be willing to say it's the best in the industry. iPads may be cheap to the consumer but the TCO in a business or school is going to be awful.

I mean what management are you even talking about? Controlling updates, settings, and apps from a central IT location?

If I've got 100 iPads right here in front of me and I want to put the Google books version of "see spot run" on all of them what do I need to do? Whatever it is I can guarantee it ends with "now repeat 99 more times"

Sorry man but that second part of your post really cracked me up.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By StraightCashHomey on 1/28/2011 5:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
They are the best in the industry at enterprise computer management. Anyone that says Microsoft is dying off or becoming irrelevant has obviously never experienced the back end of a large Active Directory environment, and the only exposure to Microsoft these people have are smartphones and XBOX.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By Mitch101 on 1/29/2011 1:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
Im going to shoot for an IT director position next. My sales pitch will be to walk in the door and put my blackberry on the interviewers desk. Then proceed to tell them I care enough about your company to ensure the data you provide me access to off company grounds is encrypted and in a secure and proven device that can easily be destroyed if lost. You should immediately eliminate any other candidates who walked in with thier iPads trying to impress you and tell you how much of a pioneer they are in technology. There are no angry birds on my blackberry.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By Mitch101 on 1/28/2011 5:53:48 PM , Rating: 1
Your actually making fun of HP, Sony, ASUS, Dell etc because they make the hardware.

Anyone else getting tired of these anti Microsoft Trolls that pass judgement on Microsoft devices without ever trying one especially on devices that havent been released.

Seems if it doesnt come from the rainbow logo, highly pollutant, suicide worker group of Apple its bad. But if it comes from the Billionaire thats giving all his money away to help people around the world its crap.

Gates is giving away his fortune with the same gusto he spent acquiring it, throwing billions of dollars at solving global health problems. He has also spoken out on major policy issues, for example, by opposing proposals to cut back the inheritance tax.

In contrast, Jobs does not appear on any charitable contribution lists of note. And Jobs has said nary a word on behalf of important social issues, reserving his talents of persuasion for selling Apple products.

RE: What is he supposed to say?
By SPOOFE on 1/29/2011 11:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
Credit where credit is due.

Gates is awesome for being so philanthropic.

However, good will and charity don't make computers run better. We'll see how Microsoft does in the tablet segment, but if they put out garbage then I won't buy it just because Gates runs a massive charity foundation.

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