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.