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  • Microsoft Ready to Challenge iPad Mini


    It was a subtle but significant revelation yesterday in Microsoft's most recent quarterly earnings call. The venerable tech giant is gearing up to challenge Apple in the market for pint-sized tablet domination.

    Later this year, a Windows-powered compact tablet will likely reach consumers. And the effort could prove critical to Microsoft, which has struggled so far to make much of an impact on the tablet market with its line of Surface products.

    Windows chief financial officer Peter Klein says Microsoft is now "working closely with OEMs on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows."

    Providing integral clues, Klein admitted that these devices "will have competitive price points, partly enabled by our latest OEM offerings designed specifically for these smaller devices, and will be available in the coming months."

    With the prospect of an iPad mini refresh now looming large, it isn't out of the question that Microsoft may endeavor to steal the iPad mini 2's thunder by releasing a smaller tablet rival before Apple's product refresh takes flight.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Ready to Challenge iPad Mini started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. GrumpySod's Avatar
      GrumpySod -
      Hope they make it easier for people to understand which version of windows these run as their current offering is a joke for people that don't fully understand the main differences in the os
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Every mobile device Microsoft has put out has not done well, they are always second to the game and miss the market.
    1. Zombian's Avatar
      Zombian -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
      Hope they make it easier for people to understand which version of windows these run as their current offering is a joke for people that don't fully understand the main differences in the os
      It's so true. I love my windows tablet but I knew exactly what I was buying when I bought it. I did a lot of reading before hand to understand what the differences were, and Microsoft really did drop the ball communicating it to consumers who don't read about a product for months before buying.
    1. labodhibo's Avatar
      labodhibo -
      I totally agree, I bought win8 because I got it cheapert for $70, but never installed!

      Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
      Hope they make it easier for people to understand which version of windows these run as their current offering is a joke for people that don't fully understand the main differences in the os
    1. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      I hope these things don't have that stupid blocky mess on them otherwise not many people will buy them over an iPad. I don't like Microsoft for anything except my PC. I'd probably buy a Mac for my PC too if I didn't have to learn a whole new OS in the process. But I think many people agree Apple kinda has tablets covered. This will probably end up like another Zune
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      I don't agree with everyone here. I was due for a tablet upgrade recently and have been an apple products fan for quite some time. I have iPad 1 & 2 since they came out and all iPhones, as well as a MBP.
      I made the decision to purchase the surface pro 128gb tablet. I wanted something I could use for both work and home. I am very impressed with the tablet. I do think the App Store is weak for this platform but I'm sure that will change soon. I can do everything I can do on my desktop at the office out in the field. I was just so frustrated with having to jailbreak and hack the iPad to get it to do things and the absence of a USB port for file management. I still use my iPhone and sync to the surface when needed. The larger 128gb solid state drive and the extra 64gb micro SD card provide more then I need at the moment. The intel processor and 4gb of ram makes it super fast and the USB 3 port comes in hand for anything I need. Since switching over I have had so many people asking me what it was and got great feedback since it runs windows programs (photoshop, autocad, office, Acrobat, you name it) people like the fact that they can leave the office and take it with them. The digitizer is another great feature, forget about a stylus. This has a really cool keyboard and Bluetooth mouse, plus the touch input.
      All in all I really think Microsoft will be very successful with the full version of win 8 on the tablets for business minded people. The iPad hasn't really changed much over the years and if its like OSX it may never change. I think people what something new again and the surface pro delivers it.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Striknine View Post
      I don't agree with everyone here. I was due for a tablet upgrade recently and have been an apple products fan for quite some time. I have iPad 1 & 2 since they came out and all iPhones, as well as a MBP.
      I made the decision to purchase the surface pro 128gb tablet. I wanted something I could use for both work and home. I am very impressed with the tablet. I do think the App Store is weak for this platform but I'm sure that will change soon. I can do everything I can do on my desktop at the office out in the field. I was just so frustrated with having to jailbreak and hack the iPad to get it to do things and the absence of a USB port for file management. I still use my iPhone and sync to the surface when needed. The larger 128gb solid state drive and the extra 64gb micro SD card provide more then I need at the moment. The intel processor and 4gb of ram makes it super fast and the USB 3 port comes in hand for anything I need. Since switching over I have had so many people asking me what it was and got great feedback since it runs windows programs (photoshop, autocad, office, Acrobat, you name it) people like the fact that they can leave the office and take it with them. The digitizer is another great feature, forget about a stylus. This has a really cool keyboard and Bluetooth mouse, plus the touch input.
      All in all I really think Microsoft will be very successful with the full version of win 8 on the tablets for business minded people. The iPad hasn't really changed much over the years and if its like OSX it may never change. I think people what something new again and the surface pro delivers it.
      The surface pro compares much better to the MacBook Air. When compared to an iPad while it might have better specs, battery life sucks, 4hrs for the surface vs 10 for the iPad. The cameras are much better on the iPad. iPad is much lighter and thinner. Better screen on the iPad. And, because the surface has recovery partitions the 64gb actually is 29gb usable and the 128gb is 89gb usable.
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      The Macbook Air is not a tablet with a touch screen. Battery life is usually 6 to 7 hours with normal use, 4 to 5 if your running a boat load of processor intensive apps. The intel Core i5 (ivy bridge) runs rings around the A6. The weight and thickness is the same as an iPad with the apple case. Camera wise, I don't really care how good the camera is since I've never used the cameras on the iPad except for some novelty apps but its very close to the iPad though. The recovery partition can be deleted to gain back the space.
      What I'm getting at is we finally have a tablet that stacks up against the iPad and shines brighter. For years all we had was an iPad with no competition in the market. Those days are over. Now apple needs to step up its game to catch up. How many people wanted their iPads to do what the MacBook did. I think people will realize Apple WAS the innovative device company. They haven't changed much over the last few years and people like me want something NEW and productive without being tied down.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Striknine View Post
      The Macbook Air is not a tablet with a touch screen. Battery life is usually 6 to 7 hours with normal use, 4 to 5 if your running a boat load of processor intensive apps. The intel Core i5 (ivy bridge) runs rings around the A6. The weight and thickness is the same as an iPad with the apple case. Camera wise, I don't really care how good the camera is since I've never used the cameras on the iPad except for some novelty apps but its very close to the iPad though. The recovery partition can be deleted to gain back the space.
      What I'm getting at is we finally have a tablet that stacks up against the iPad and shines brighter. For years all we had was an iPad with no competition in the market. Those days are over. Now apple needs to step up its game to catch up. How many people wanted their iPads to do what the MacBook did. I think people will realize Apple WAS the innovative device company. They haven't changed much over the last few years and people like me want something NEW and productive without being tied down.
      But what does Microsoft market it as? A tablet or a sort of ultrabook. It really is neither. Adding a case to and iPad isn't going to make it weigh more than half a pound more. While the MacBook Air lacks a touch screen, it is a more capable business device for one reason, it has a keyboard. Sure you can get a keyboard for the surface but then it is more expensive than a MacBook Air and bulkier. The only thing the surface has on a MacBook Air is screen resolution but I'm sure with the new retina displays using much less power that will change with the next generation MacBook Air.
    1. Samcole28's Avatar
      Samcole28 -
      Boys! Boys! Quit trying to prove who has the bigger nerd c*ck... You are both beautiful!
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Samcole28 View Post
      Boys! Boys! Quit trying to prove who has the bigger nerd c*ck... You are both beautiful!
      No body's is bigger than mine
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      Ready to compete? They haven't competed yet with any Apple product. I travel allot and use my iPad mini and iPhone for all sort of business applications and have not run into anything I cannot do on my iPad or iPhone. It's all about preference anyways, I use Apple products as they stand behind them and have knowledgeable tech support on the phone that you can understand when they talk........nno more saying huh?,.....could you repeat that?????