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  • Microsoft Officially Out of The Tablet Market for 2010



    Business Insider is reporting that Microsoft is out of the tablet market at least for the remainder of this year. Despite numerous reports to the contrary - often from Microsoft itself - the company will not churn out a competitor for the iPad in late 2010 as widely expected. The reason given for the delay is Microsoft's "reliance on Intel."

    In recent weeks, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer has belabored his argument that Microsoft has no higher priority than jumping head first into the tablet market - a market that is presently dominated by only one device. But the rumored Microsoft "iPad killer" won't happen at least until 2011 as the tech giant says that it will get a boost "sometime after the new year when Intel brings its new Oak Trail processor to market."

    So, if everything goes according to schedule, we won't see a real Windows tablet until this time next year.
    Essentially, Microsoft wants to get it right the first time to best ensure that its initial tablet offering will simply be the best it can be and knock Apple from its perch right out of the gate. Of course, that's easier said than done as there's no telling how many millions of iPads will already be in customers' hands by the time Microsoft finally does, in fact, introduce their product. If Business Insider's estimates are accurate, by 2011, "iPad 2 will be on the market" and serve up a "beautiful retina display, and front facing camera for FaceTime chats" with some 12-14 million units sold.

    Business Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Officially Out of The Tablet Market for 2010 started by Michael Essany View original post