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  • Microsoft to Ignite iPad Competition with "Hardcore" Attention on Tablets



    At the Worldwide Partners Conference in Seattle, Steve Ballmer (the Microsoft chief pictured flatteringly above) said his company is more than just serious about getting into the tablet computer marketplace. In fact, it's downright "hardcore" about the matter. And, as a result, Microsoft will soon unveil a fleet of Windows 7-based slate computers.

    Expressing the broad range of choices consumers will have when shopping for a Microsoft tablet computer - a tongue-in-cheek- shot at Apple, Ballmer contends that Microsoft will make a tablet that nicely accommodates all of your multimedia and serves as a mobile entertainment system. But it will also be a product capable of thriving in professional and corporate settings as the ultimate boardroom companion.

    Steve Ballmer expressed his company's ambitions like this:

    We want to give you a great device, a consumer oriented device, but a device that fits and is manageable with today’s enterprise IT solutions… This is a terribly important area for us. It’s certainly an area where—how do I say it?—we feel all of the energy and vigor and push that we have ever felt to innovate, to drive hard, to compete.
    All signs now point to a forthcoming push by Microsoft into the tablet arena. And while Ballmer stayed clear of any iPad competition talks, Microsoft has its sights set on taking down the iPad within a marketplace it solely dominates at present. And if it proves to be more consumer and IT department-friendly than its Apple rival, the slate of Microsoft slates could quickly turn the tablet market on its ear with the arrival of a new and major player.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft to Ignite iPad Competition with "Hardcore" Attention on Tablets started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. PMad's Avatar
      PMad -
      I just wanted to say.. that omg thats a hideous picture!

      Ok, now back on subject, i wish Microsoft luck! They are never very innovative, but if they succeed in being innovative this time, i can see some good stuff in their future.. But again, good luck!
    1. prgeno's Avatar
      prgeno -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Whatever happened to microsoft canceling their tablet plans
      Microsoft Windows Tablet PCs have been available for years (well before the first wet dreams of an iPad), and are still available from multiple vendors. I loved my HP TC1100 that I just sold after 3-4 years of faithful service (the last year it ran Windows 7 quite well). They did cancel their "Courier" concept tablet project however.

      I find the current devices from Motion Computing to be the most appealing, with both touch, and very precise stylus operation. They are very good performers running Windows 7 as well.

      The problems these devices have is they are far more costly than an iPad, and their battery life is pretty limited in comparison. Other than that, they are full blown Windows 7 machines, with very usable touch and stylus functions, running in sleek tablet form.

      It really depends upon what you need/want in a tablet device. I am a Windows 7 guy, but own, and extensively use, an iPad too. Both platforms work very well for me, in their respective applications.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Whatever happened to microsoft canceling their tablet plans
      They never cancelled making a tablet. They announced a tablet that will run Windows 7 Starter edition, bought Palm, balked on the Windows 7 edition, and now say they are working hard at it. It's like a circus. Can we build it?! Yes! We! Can! Wait...maybe maybe not. Ok let's do it anyways.
    1. prgeno's Avatar
      prgeno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Doesn't Microsoft Own Android OS? If so. They can make a pretty decent tablet with a decent mobile OS. But I wouldn't like it if they did that. Windows 7 On a Tablet Running Smoothly, That's My Dream Come True, And With Decent Battery Life
      Android, and ChromeOS are Google products, and tablets running flavors of those platforms are coming.

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      They never cancelled making a tablet. They announced a tablet that will run Windows 7 Starter edition, bought Palm, balked on the Windows 7 edition, and now say they are working hard at it. It's like a circus. Can we build it?! Yes! We! Can! Wait...maybe maybe not. Ok let's do it anyways.
      That wasn't Microsoft, that was HP.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Ah! My bad.

      It's the HP Slate. I got thrown for a loop by the OPs terms.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      They never cancelled making a tablet. They announced a tablet that will run Windows 7 Starter edition, bought Palm, balked on the Windows 7 edition, and now say they are working hard at it. It's like a circus. Can we build it?! Yes! We! Can! Wait...maybe maybe not. Ok let's do it anyways.
      Again. HP Bought Palm
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      This makes me (cautiously) happy. I want a table that is basically a slimmed down computer. The iPad is nice but i would have liked it better if it ran a modified OS X just so i could have a full computer experience on a tablet. If Windows can make a modified Windows 7 with good battery life and under 1Grand I'm sold. But that's one BIG "If".
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      It's about time! If Microsoft introduces a tablet/slate, with all the features iPad is lacking, apple will be forced to add these features, USB slots as an example. Te competition will only make the iPad better. And I think it's pretty obvious MS would make a modified version of Win 7, to better accommodate a mobile device.

      @Posidon79: Actually windows 7 installs and runs decent on 512mb ram, sure it's not lightning fast, but it works.
    1. phaze2's Avatar
      phaze2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Doesn't Microsoft Own Android OS? If so. They can make a pretty decent tablet with a decent mobile OS. But I wouldn't like it if they did that. Windows 7 On a Tablet Running Smoothly, That's My Dream Come True, And With Decent Battery Life
      NO Halten77, Android OS is owned by Google not Microsoft. Microsofts' new "tablet" will be slow and bloated with the old Windows programming.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Again. HP Bought Palm
      Read my post above yours.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phaze2 View Post
      NO Halten77, Android OS is owned by Google not Microsoft. Microsofts' new "tablet" will be slow and bloated with the old Windows programming.
      Yes I Know, I Got Confused. I Recently Saw A Video About The WindPad And It Runs Windows 7 And Android. I Got Them Mixed Up My Bad Lol Chill

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Read my post above yours.
      Read My Post Way Above Yours. Lol. I Guess You Didn't Notice. I Said "Negative. HP Bought Palm. Surprise! Microsoft Should Worry They Have Some Rough N' Tough Competition."
      My Post Was Before You Admitted You Made A Mistake. Just Sayin'
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Microsoft has been "serious" about tablets in the past decade. However it failed again and again. Keep failing Microsoft.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Microsoft isn't going to go after the iPad half-cocked. They will bring it.
    1. KooLLaiD's Avatar
      KooLLaiD -
      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Microsoft release the Courier!!! That will kill the iPad and is what the iPad should have been from the get go. Screw the iPhail, it's crap!!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      As nice as it sounds, Im not sure if I would do the switch to a windows tablet, first customer service for windows sucks, and Apple has treated me well in this aspect (obviously personal opinion) Second, I wouldnt jump on buying the windows tablet due to them always having alot of issues with bugs and expensive running systems, My opinion overall Apple keeps it simple, this would force apple to step it up and Id love to see what they would counter microsoft with, this is def worth following.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      Thus the biggest reason I don't want an iPad. It's a glorified touch. If I could do all computer oriented things with the device I would buy one in a heartbeat
      Or iPhone ... If you have the iPad 3G ... but nevertheless It's all bad !!!!
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      Exactly My Point, I Hope That Will Be A Reality Soon Enough


      This Is A Critical Problem, And If It Does What I Wish, Like Any Regular Computer, Install Programs, Run Flash, Java, Etc. This Baby Would Struggle To Last For Atleast 2 Hours. Maybe It Could Work Like Laptops And Hook Up The Charging Cable Onto It And Running On Wall Power, And Only Use The Battery When You Need To Go Out Of The House! This Would Be Great.
      Orrr, just make the screen bigger then the ipad,and make half of the device the battery and the other half, processor, ram, ect ect...
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Nothing against Microsoft but Ballmer looks like a huge doucebag!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      microsoft will probably mess up knowing them and not be innovative but just pump the usual stuff out
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Microsoft isn't going to go after the iPad half-cocked. They will bring it.
      Just like they did when they went after the iPod and iPhone?

      There's a very good reason the iPad isn't running a full OS and you'll all see exactly why when you first touch a Windows based tablet.

      If you want all the functionality of a laptop, buy a laptop. That's not what iPad is supposed to be, and as companies desperate for market share try to copy it, they'll begin to learn that.

      I just got back from a weekend camping. On my iPad I watched two movies, read an entire book, stayed in contact with work and kept my kid entertained on both of the 3 hour drives and at intervals throughout the weekend and my battery was over 40% when I got home.

      No way in hell I'm giving that up for 1.5 hours of flash and overall terrible performance.

      The only things I use on my laptop any more are Final Cut and GarageBand and I can't really see a need for either of those things on a tablet.

      I'm curious what people think they're missing (other than the much talked Flash) from the iPad experience.