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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 amanojaku on 4/19/2011 7:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
Because a tablet with all of those "add-ons" would never be an optimum device. You'd have to lug around all of this extra crap to get "real" work done.

Because everyone does "real" work every time they use a laptop.
Brandon was pointing out that when a laptop is used for work, the type of work involved is generally unsuited for tablets. That's because of the interface and processing power.

Like word processing; no one wants to type a 50-page report on a touchscreen.

Or graphic design; so far the accuracy of a laser mouse or stylus on a graphics pad is much better than that of a finger on a touchscreen. The software design for the interface is a little more complicated, too.

Or CAD; see above.

Or 3D animation; see above.

Or programming; same problem as word processing (no keyboard).

The peripherals required to do those tasks eliminate any gains in tablet mobility. Then there's the processing power, for when you really need it. Tablets just don't have the CPU power (yet). They are built for multimedia, and that's where they excel. I agree that a lot of people need tablets, not laptops, because they play games and watch movies. But when your a mobile user and you need to do WORK you need a laptop.

By damianrobertjones on 4/20/2011 3:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
Asus EP121, Core i5 machine

Or the convertibles
HP 2740p
Acer 1820ptz
Dell latitude XT2

and there are more

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