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Windows 7: Does W'dows need more padding to fend off Apple's iPad?


28 Jan 2010   #1
JMH

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Does W'dows need more padding to fend off Apple's iPad?

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As the author of a blog that’s “All About Microsoft,” I watched yesterday’s Apple iPad unveiling with interest — as many Microsoft employees, partners and customers did, given that Apple is Microsoft’s only viable competitor in the PC operating space.

Most interesting to me, after all the Twitter and live blogging dust settled, were the various calls for Microsoft’s response. I read a few blog posts and tweets claiming Apple’s move really boxed in Microsoft and its partners. More than a few Tweeters called for Microsoft to rush out its rumored next-generation slate, codenamed Courier, to blunt the iPad’s impact. And then there was Nick Carr’s “The PC Officially Died Today.” (An odd way to look at things, given that the iPad is being billed as an addition to Apple’s PC line-up, not a replacement for Macs.)
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Does Windows need more padding to fend off Apple's iPad? | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

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28 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Personally, most of the guys that I work with are all scratching their heads trying to figure out what segment of the market is really going to be all that excited about the iPad. As far as the personal computer being dead....Hardly. Not from the iPad. It's not a tablet computer....it's a large iPhone running a phone based operating system.
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28 Jan 2010   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Not really sure if this will take off, however, it appears that quite a few manufactures are stepping up to the plate. So, someone somewhere must have done a marketing test to see if this type of device would be welcomed by the computing public. If a stylist is included it could be an excellent tool for college students, and if the right applications are offered it would be great in meeting rooms throughout the business communities, and law firms.

They really are gong to be useful regardless of all the bad talk from the geek community.
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28 Jan 2010   #4

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
there are literally ZILLIONS of people like me who travel a lot and NEED a computer -- and with airport security these days LIGHTNESS and MINIMIZING the amount of equipment you have to carry is paramount now.

A modest small 10 inch NETBOOK is MORE than adequate for nearly everything I have to do on the road these days -- especially when I can log on to corporate VPN's or RDP to a home network.

I'm currently in a Hotel Bar in Manchester UK typing this in on a small netbook which is connected via RDP to a Home server -- no probs whatsoever.

I can't see myself getting this type of functionality out of an Ipad.

Cheers -- and enjoying my last Pint of Beer for the night. .

jimbo
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28 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But take the geek factor out of the equation......I, cannot see my wife sitting in the lobby of a hotel pulling out her iPad, going to Facebook and then typing up status reports and commenting to her friends on this device. She can pretty much already do that with her iPhone. She isn't going to want to tote it around with her. Perhaps she would use it for the ebook functionality....but with a shorter battery life and a backlit screen...it's not as slick as other ebook readers which are available for less money. And it cannot run more than 1 app at a time, so it's either Safari or music or facebook. You cannot have more than 1 going simultaneously.

I'm very skeptical of this product. I just don't see it doing great like some of the other Apple products.
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28 Jan 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

It's not even a proper Web device if it doesn't support Flash, is it? I would much rather have a netbook.
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28 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

i like the ipad because it means we are going to get something similar with more functionality at an affordable price. the price is what makes the whole thing exciting, normally you'd expect apple to say at least 1k for the base model, but this thing is affordable, which is gonna put pc makers on their toes.
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28 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
i like the ipad because it means we are going to get something similar with more functionality at an affordable price. the price is what makes the whole thing exciting, normally you'd expect apple to say at least 1k for the base model, but this thing is affordable, which is gonna put pc makers on their toes.
Considering it's Apple, I'm surprised a bit by the price. But considering what it is...a large iPhone which cannot make phone calls...i'm not convinced it's a great deal. I mean serioiusly, a 32GB model is $599...add in the 3G support that your iPhone would have and it's $130 more. Then tack on the $29.99 monthly unlimited data plan that you are going to want and it's over $1,000 for the first year.

This is for a device with no optical drive, no ability to multitask, no camera built in, no webcam, tied into proprietary Apple stores and formats. It just doesn't seem so cheap and functional to me when I look at all of that.
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28 Jan 2010   #9

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
This is for a device with no optical drive, no ability to multitask, no camera built in, no webcam, tied into proprietary Apple stores and formats. It just doesn't seem so cheap and functional to me when I look at all of that.
That sums up the feelings most poeple I know had about it.

I guess this will require 'Jailbreaking' like the previous iPhone/iThoch devices, I'll be interesting to see what the hackers and modders are able todo with it.
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28 Jan 2010   #10

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all good points which i can't argue. i just don't feel like it's a bad deal for a simple device. it's not a desktop replacement and never will be but that doesn't make it a bad product.
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