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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 CSMR on 4/19/2011 3:47:10 PM , Rating: 2
The OS can switch between appropriate interfaces.

At present there is a gap between thin low-power tablets running specialized OSes and tablets that have laptop power running full OSes.

This gap will shrink with time; just as owing to the gradual shrinking of chips you are no longer compromised using a laptop rather than a desktop, the same will be true of low-power tablets.

In any case Windows 8 will make great tablets. So Microsoft can either produce a stopgap product, which will then be discontinued, and therefore noone will bother to buy or write software for it. Or have a separate tablet system, perhaps based on Windows Phone, that will be a bad product in 2011 compared to iOS/Android (look at Windows Phone and it's problems adding basic features) and a bad product compared to Winodws 8 in 2012. I think it's strategy is the right one here.


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