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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 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.


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