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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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I think MS is BSing...
By Wererat on 4/20/2011 8:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
Everything I've read on Win8 makes it appear that it's being developed with tablet use in mind (e.g.

This press release appears to me to be trying to keep people buying Windows 7-based machines ... or they may call Win8 all-purpose and try and market it as better than "just" a tablet OS.

I personally think that's the way the tablet OSs are headed anyway; as smartphones/tabs ramp up in capability people will want the same OS and experience on their home desk/laptop as they do on their tab/phone.

(By people I mean the general public; DT readers and other techies are more comfortable maintaining two+ OS paradigms in their minds).

RE: I think MS is BSing...
By vision33r on 4/20/2011 10:05:14 AM , Rating: 2
They've had Windows Tablet Edition OS for many years already.

It is not only about the OS. The biggest problem are that there aren't many Windows apps designed for tablet use.

They need to design or update Office for Tablet. Try clicking on those little margin or bullet adjustment icons with your finger. Hope your finger is as small as your pinky.

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