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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 ET on 4/19/2011 6:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think that most (home) desktops/laptops are used primarily for content consumption, too. That's why many tablet owners said in a survey that their tablet is their primary PC.

Desktops/laptops can more easily be used for content creation, but a keyboard add-on covers most of that for tablets.

I agree that tablets aren't there yet, and frankly I think that phones are a better bet for dockable tech, but I think that Microsoft's position is sound in that people would like to do everything on one device, so an OS that does it all would be the right way to go when the market stabilises.


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