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Windows 7: Microsoft Feels "Urgency" for Tablets

30 Jul 2010   #1
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 
Microsoft Feels "Urgency" for Tablets

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REDMOND, Wash. (CNNMoney.com) -- Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the software giant is urgently working with its partners to unveil a host of tablet computers running Windows 7, to compete with Apple's fast-selling iPad.
At a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, Ballmer outlined the company's strategy to catch up to Apple and Google in the consumer space. He said Apple is doing an "interesting" job with the iPad and has "sold certainly more than I'd like them to sell." As a result, Ballmer said his company's "job one urgency" is bringing Windows-based tablet computers to the market.
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Seems to me that MS is playing catch-up too often these days.


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30 Jul 2010   #2
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

This is a flawed strategy on their part, I think. The iFad doesn't run on Snow Leopard, it runs on the iPhone OS....so why the insistence that a MS tablet run on Windows 7?

The iFad is an over-sized iPod Touch with a couple other tweaks(over-simplifying, I know)....so why doesn't MS take the same approach with the Zune HD as a base to work from?

Their approach reminds me why common sense is an oxymoron.
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30 Jul 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

If they include USB ports, flash, and multitasking, it will be 20x better than the iPad.
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30 Jul 2010   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Seems to me that MS is playing catch-up too often these days.
Not really. Microsoft had tablet PCs for years.
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30 Jul 2010   #5
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Seems to me that MS is playing catch-up too often these days.
Not really. Microsoft had tablet PCs for years.
Windows has been on tablets, but they aren't the "hit" that iPad has been.

Areas MS still tops:
OS (Windows)
Office productivity (Office)
Development tools (visual studio, .NET)

Areas Apple has:
Phones
MP3 players
(now) tablets
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30 Jul 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
If they include USB ports, flash, and multitasking, it will be 20x better than the iPad.
Absolutely true. The Apple thingy is an expensive paper weight in my book. The full blown version costs over $1000 in Europe. At the end, MS will not play catch-up but come out with something that people can make use of - I hope at least.
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30 Jul 2010   #7
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
If they include USB ports, flash, and multitasking, it will be 20x better than the iPad.
Absolutely true. The Apple thingy is an expensive paper weight in my book. The full blown version costs over $1000 in Europe. At the end, MS will not play catch-up but come out with something that people can make use of - I hope at least.
I hope the same. I'd like to see MS jump into more areas successfully. Really hoping they do well with Win Phone 7 too.
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30 Jul 2010   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I remember a apple fan boy telling me it didn't have USB ports because they were outdated....
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30 Jul 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Seems to me that MS is playing catch-up too often these days.
Well, to be fair...that's kinda nothing new.

1). Pop-up blocker integrated in their browser came after others
2). Tabbed browsing in their browser came after
3). The Xbox came after Nintendo and Sony
4). The Zune came after the iPod, and many other vendors
5). Bing came after Google.


The list kinda goes on and on.
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30 Jul 2010   #10
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I remember a apple fan boy telling me it didn't have USB ports because they were outdated....
LOL. Now if he said USB 1.1, he'd be correct. I'm still waiting to use my USB 3.0 ports...
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