Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Guru3D News, Aug 1, 2010.
The thing about competing with Apple on the tablet market is that for Apple, the tablet is a big iPod. For MS, the tablet is a small PC. neither one of those seem like good tablets computers to me.
A decent tablet computer will needs its own OS to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Sticking Windows 7 or the iPod OS on there is a cheap and insufficient workaround. I think this is one of the main reasons why Courier was such a celebrated idea--it was a tablet that was designed to be more than just a hardware platform for an existing OS. Granted, that OS was an adaptation and evolution of the Zune OS, but it was still made specifically for the tablet.
EDIT: Also, Steve Ballmer is a massive turd with corn in it.
One important thing most people seem to be missing is that Balmer never mentioned anywhere that Microsoft would create a tablet/slate/whatever themselves. Microsoft is merely going to offer a "modified" version of Windows 7 to run on such a device created by others. Most of these competitors to the iPad are going to be coming out this fall/winter.
The question is going to be if these will be able to take away Apple's lead in this market segment and if Microsoft once again missed an opportunity. Yes, the iPad can't do Flash right out of the box and printing capability (etc. pp.) isn't included either (although the enthusiasts' community is addressing all these issues: http://www.jailbreakme.com/ http://github.com/comex/frash ...) but as was mentioned earlier in this thread, the iPad doesn't try to be a content-creation or all purpose device but is first and foremost a media-consumption device.
Imo, this publicity stunt from Balmer simply shows that Microsoft missed an opportunity for which they'll most likely pay dearly. Android and iOS are quite a bit ahead of MS and it'll remain to be seen if a modified Windows 7 is going to be enough to work satisfyingly on these touch devices to gain considerable market share in this segment.
Perhaps if they released a busniness oriented Tablet they'd have more success. Something that fits into the business environment with Domain authentication, a whole suite of office tools with major UI mods to make them helpful on a tablet and some project / email / calendar widgets would go a long way for Microsoft. They won't win the battle against Apple for the consumer market, but the least they could do is what they do best, the business sector.
Just some examples of what they could do to out do apple :
Presentation software, make it pluggable into any projection device, advanced data encryption for transport of sensitive data, biometric authentication, teleconferencing suites for talking with business partners, automatic integration with social networking tools, support for enterprise level Wifi networking (although most devices come with this as of late, some still lack sufficient support) and VPN connections. Built in VNC and RPD clients, and maybe even NXCLIENT.
The problem is though that they'll just throw Windows 7 and consider it to be 'DONE'. What people expect from a tablet is a tablet UI, not a Desktop PC UI, and if Microsoft doesn't realise this I think it may be a huge downfall for them.