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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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By jah1subs on 1/28/2011 2:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
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Well, here's one piece of the touch puzzle solved for Microsoft. I have a lot of confidence in their ability to write at least "good enough" software for a touch interface. I suspect that OneNote for iOS, which was mentioned in another news story in the past week will be a public demonstration for Microsoft to learn how to write a competitive applictiona with a touch interface.

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SiS 10-finger multi-touch solution wins Windows 7 certification

from DIGITIMES [Thursday 27 January 2011]

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) has announced its 10-finger multi-touch IC solution – SiS9200 series – has been validated by Microsoft Windows 7 certification. The SiS9200 series offers high touch sensitivity and multi-gesture recognition support, SiS said.

The SiS9200 series projected capacitive multi-touch controller is a highly-integrated single chip design and supports 2- to 17-inch panel sizes, said SiS, noting that the SiS9200 series is in mass production and over 50 design-in cases are under verification, and end-application products are expected to debut in market in the first quarter.

The SiS9200 series touch controller integrates a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and clock controller (Timer), and has a variety of input and output interfaces, including USB, SPI, I2C, UART and GPIO, to provide system developers more flexibility to design high value-added products, SiS indicated.

Touch-panel maker Cando has also begun delivering projected 10-finger multi-touch panels to other clients in addition to Apple, the sources noted.




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