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Microsoft has spent years treading water with tablets  (Source: Cult of Mac)
Microsoft UK exec says that Microsoft isn't ready to enter field just yet

Although Apple's iOS first showed up on the iPhone in 2007, it was easily adapted to the larger iPad that launched in 2010. Google is now starting to gain some traction with Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” -- it was designed from the beginning for tablets. Likewise, HP/Palm and RIM are using mobile, touch-optimized operating systems for their tablets. 

And where does leave Microsoft? For now, Microsoft is being left behind as its competitors continue to move forward at a lightning fast pace. Even though the company has a stellar basis for a tablet OS with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft exec Ashley Highfield says that the time just isn't right yet to jump into the fray.

"We won't do anything in the tablet market unless we can be distinctive," Highfield told Pocket-lint.

For now, Microsoft is pushing Windows 7 as its "tablet" operating system of choice. In fact, Highfield notes that he uses Dell's poorly received Inspiron Duo for tablet duties.

Windows 8 will support ARM processors that are so prevalent in today's iPads, Xooms, and PlayBooks, but such a fully featured operating system is still a bit of overkill for a 7" to 10.1", touch-dominated device.



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RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/19/2011 3:45:32 PM , Rating: 5
Here's my take on it... there are really two ways to do the tablet thing:

1) The Apple/Google way. A slimmed down device that is perfect for media consumption, browsing the internet, email, gaming, etc.
2) The [current] Microsoft way. Using a full-blown desktop/laptop-class operating system that wasn't built from the ground-up to be used in an instant-on, 10+ hour, 1.5-pound device.

The simplicity that makes Scenario 1 work well doesn't lend itself to be used as a full-blown content creation device, even with attachments.

The software complexity and overhead of Scenario 2 means that while it can easily accommodate traditional PC staples (wireless mice, keyboards, external monitors, etc), it will never be as easy to use as an iPad or Xoom.

I personally think that tablets have successfully tapped into the market that netbooks were SUPPOSED to address (email, internet, etc.). The problem with netbooks are that they are dog slow and provide a subpar experience with cramped screens and keyboards.

I think that for the foreseeable future, tablets will remain a companion device instead of a device that will take the place of a traditional PC/laptop.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/19/2011 4:02:29 PM , Rating: 3
You're talking about atoms, not netbooks. There is no reason or excuse for a netbook to be slow, other than people stupidly accepting what intel shovels at them. You can get an AMD netbook for $330 and stick a $70 SSD in there and have a very capable machine for $400. A machine that can do much much more than any tablet.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By quiksilvr on 4/19/2011 4:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
Are you referring to the Acer Aspire One with the C-50 APU processor?

Had to do a little digging to find the link of the product you must be referring to:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCa...

You made a good point but next time please post links on what you are talking about.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By car_analogy on 4/20/2011 8:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
Just spend $20 more and get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

Fantastic netbook. And the reason tablets don't work for me is nobody will provide one with an ethernet port. I don't see how anyone is supposed to do network work without an ethernet port. Even one of Apple's famous $30 adapters that plugs into the 30-pin would work.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/19/2011 4:11:46 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe I'm just not expressing myself clearly. I guess my overall point is that most people that buy tablets already have a desktop/notebook. Likewise, tablets easily achieve the initial goals set forth with netbooks.


By damianrobertjones on 4/20/2011 3:45:50 AM , Rating: 3
"blets easily achieve the initial goals set forth with netbooks."

.... when you add a keyboard.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By damianrobertjones on 4/20/2011 3:45:07 AM , Rating: 1
Asus Ep121, 16 second boot time. Can be trimmed down by using vLite and/or the standard operating system tweaked to be very, very fast.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By robinthakur on 4/20/2011 9:30:14 AM , Rating: 2
Oh right, so members of the public are expected to waste time doing that instead of actually, you know...using the device? That worked out really well for MS Tablet PC's didn't it! The PC market is very obviously moving away from the whole "You need to tweak and optimise this device before you can use it" model to being simply an appliance. Whilst I enjoy tweaking and overclocking with the best of them, sometimes I just want to do something quickly and use the device for its intended purpose. This is where tablets work really well in the sense that they switch on to a usable state instantly and are designed to be responsive with no lengthy waits for the device to catch up (in principle).

If you look at the way sales are going, Laptops have outsold full pc's for ages, then Netbooks became big and now the iPad and other tablets are taking a sizeable chunk of the Laptop and Netbook markets. With Mac OSX now distributing Apps through full OS Appstores and iOS, and the whole market following Apple's strategic lead, the name of the game is integration and ease of use. I fully expect full laptops and, to a degree, netbooks sales to be extremely limited once it actually clicks with the buying public that they can do pretty much anything they might (reasonably) want to do on an iPad or other tablet and free themselves from one more bulky device.


RE: The Tablet craze . . .
By NellyFromMA on 4/20/2011 1:34:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not for nothing, but I'm pretty sure my PC boots faster than my Incredible running Android 2.2.

Also, I believe the iPad (at least iPad 1) had similar boot times.

It takes at least a minute to a minute and a half and feels longer somehow.

And I don't like tweaking my PC. This is just the way it is, with a standard HDD at that so Idk maybe take a xanax and calm down?


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