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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 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.

http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultof...

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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