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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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Fire Ballmer
By vision33r on 1/28/2011 2:45:22 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft will be caught flat just like Windows Mobile.

Forget the tablet devices, they haven't even got a single software standard for tablet devices.

Try using Office 2010 with your finger or stylus and come back and tell me if that was a great experience.

They better start building touch interfaces for all their apps.

Internet Explorer will all need touch and gesture support.

Ballmer is all talk and he hasn't delivered one killer product under his rule.

RE: Fire Ballmer
By Da W on 1/28/2011 3:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
For that matter rewrite most web pages for touch too!

RE: Fire Ballmer
By Mitch101 on 1/29/2011 12:40:55 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft could just relaunch Windows 3.1 icon based OS with touch but that would be copying the iPod/iPhone/iPad. Microsoft wants to innovate not revisit the past. :)

RE: Fire Ballmer
By Smilin on 1/31/2011 10:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
Actually OneNote works awesome with a touch interface. WTF you talking about, Willis?


Ballmer is all talk and he hasn't delivered one killer product under his rule.

Not one eh?
Ignoring Kinect and 100 products it really only takes one to destroy your claim doesn't it?

Sharepoint will do. It is the fastest growing product in the companies entire history. Thanks for playing.

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