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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 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.


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