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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 kleinma on 4/19/2011 3:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
Certainly not, but it is nice to be able to get on your laptop and do real work, or screw around. Seems like except for very specific applications, tablets just let you screw around. Even my android phone with its 1 free app a day from amazon still is mostly used for screwing around (as far as the installed apps are concerned). The real use I get out of it is 99% in the stock stuff they phone had on it when I got it. Mostly everything downloaded since is fluff.

I'm actually glad to see MS isn't going to just rush something out the door that people will complain about more than if they don't put out anything at all. It is a shame they will be once again playing catchup once they do release something, but you know what, that might not be such a bad thing, if they can get it right. I still think they are just waiting for Windows 8, which will run on Phone, Tablet/Slate, desktop, laptop, netbook, etc... and actually have a UI that works for the various input methods and form factors.

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