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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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      At least, Microsoft is acting fast on the iPad. They waited five years before created the Zune to responded to the iPod.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      limited? what can't you do on your ipad? let's see. i can play music, watch movies, read ebooks, play games, remotely connect to linux, macs and windows computers, surf the web, send and receive email, stream video, edit photos, draw, paint, work with a word processor, work with a spreadsheet, view maps, get directions, put together a presentation, play on-line games against people from around the world, instant message, send and receive SMS messages, hook up to IRC servers, voice chat, read electronic magazines, comics and PDF files.

      limited..? only thing i think that's limited is your opinion.
    1. LeeDude's Avatar
      LeeDude -
      Quote Originally Posted by scooby4 View Post
      It would be kinda sad to see a tablet from microsoft...just because im pretty sure it wouldnt compare to the ipad...like a big *** zune
      I've had 3 Zunes so far, and I must say they're f****** awesome. Especially the ZuneHD. It's a shame it hasn't gained any momentum in the market, because the features put the iTouch to shame. The only thing it's currently missing is a vast marketplace open to developers. It's in the works, from what I read last.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      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.
      i hate to point this out, but the iPad runs a full BSD based unix kernel just like the MacOS does. it is a "full OS." don't confuse the springboard with an operating system, it's just an application launcher. iOS is no less an operating system than the MacOS, Windows or Linux.
    1. dray's Avatar
      dray -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      i hate to point this out, but the iPad runs a full BSD based unix kernel just like the MacOS does. it is a "full OS." don't confuse the springboard with an operating system, it's just an application launcher. iOS is no less an operating system than the MacOS, Windows or Linux.

      Looks like we got us a FanBoy...lol. I bought an iPad and returned it. It's a nice toy but flawed in the real world. It's biggest flaw you ask? The inability to upload files to my on-line class. Bye Bye iPad.

      Microsoft on the other hand, is all talk and no action. They are so far behind it's almost comical.


    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Hmm...

      Windows 7 Ultimate on a tablet

      Results:
      One hour of battery life
      Application crashes
      Blue Screen of Death
      It won't even boot up.

    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Hmm...

      Windows 7 Ultimate on a tablet

      Results:
      One hour of battery life
      Application crashes
      Blue Screen of Death
      It won't even boot up.

      Don't forget error reports
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Don't forget error reports
      Whoops. And that, too.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      But, But can I play WoW or FFXI on it, huh, huh?1!!!1!!!!



    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      If you're lucky enough to have your tablet not crashing...
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      I don't understand why people buy an iPad, return it, and then complain about what it couldn't do and call it a "toy". Do you not research before you buy?
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by macsoldier View Post
      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.
      Not to toss dirt on your point, but based on my experience with two generations of Macbook Pro's, thousands of iPhone 4 death grip issues and OSX virus/bug issues popping up all over the place, I think its safe to say that moving to windows would be a sideways step at the worst. There is no Apple pedestal anymore.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpkirkley View Post
      Not to toss dirt on your point, but based on my experience with two generations of Macbook Pro's, thousands of iPhone 4 death grip issues and OSX virus/bug issues popping up all over the place, I think its safe to say that moving to windows would be a sideways step at the worst. There is no Apple pedestal anymore.
      That one is new to me. I do see the occasional malware but that stuff is installed with the user's permission by putting in their admin password.
    1. j0hnqd03's Avatar
      j0hnqd03 -
      That pic of the Micro$oft dweeb is f*ckin hilarious! I had to register just to say thanks for making me laugh so hard.

      HARDCORE! Yeah buddy, attack that sh1t! Attack that iPad sh1t!

      Microsoft sucks so bad...
    1. tamaysz's Avatar
      tamaysz -
      I'm glad I bought my iPad, but I still find myself having to drag my iPad and laptop both to work with me. I think it would be pretty cool if Microsoft could come up with a decent tablet that could run Windows and Windows Apps at decent speeds, decent memory, and a good long lasting battery life. Not to mention, it would be awesome if they added USB ports.

      The iPad's biggest fail is that it's only limited to the apps in the app store, and there's no USB port either. If the iPad had a USB port, it would solve a lot of issues for me, that make me have to drag around my iPad and laptop.

      If Microsoft came up with something that's actually decent and reliable, I'd jump and buy it in a heartbeat if it came at a decent price.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpkirkley View Post
      Not to toss dirt on your point, but based on my experience with two generations of Macbook Pro's, thousands of iPhone 4 death grip issues and OSX virus/bug issues popping up all over the place, I think its safe to say that moving to windows would be a sideways step at the worst. There is no Apple pedestal anymore.
      What's an "OS X virus?"
    1. Nightz's Avatar
      Nightz -
      Ewww microsoft. Im not at all interested in whatever piece of crap that microsoft makes for a tablet. After using Apple products for a lil while, Idk see why ppl still use Microsoft OS's.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nightz View Post
      Ewww microsoft. Im not at all interested in whatever piece of crap that microsoft makes for a tablet. After using Apple products for a lil while, Idk see why ppl still use Microsoft OS's.

      They are not bad OSs; if you skip a few generations each upgrade. XP was great, Vista not so much, 7 is great again. But they seem to only be great desktop and notebook OS. As a tablet with less room that becomes a different story.

      Same with OSX. Great desktop and notebook OS but on a tablet it would not be so great. That is why Apple created iOS. A slimmed down and refined OS for a tablet.

      That is also why I think an Android tabet will be nice also even a WebOS. Because they are made for those products and specs tablets are limited to in mind.
    1. iPhoneApps's Avatar
      iPhoneApps -
      Personally I don't need 10+hrs battery life. I just need a real computer that can do everything real computers can do but in a slate package. Why? Portability. Yeah then just carry a small laptop. Ok then, I will. I'll get a HP TM2. Best of both worlds.
    1. tamaysz's Avatar
      tamaysz -
      I just have to add, after looking at that picture again.

      That pic and his tongue is just so vile!