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Okay, so ‘resurrect’ may be a little harsh, but when you consider the desktop PC may be a thing of the past, it’s too hard to see that the Windows Tablet PC must become a focal point for Microsoft. An article, Can Windows 8 save the PC from extinction?, by CNNMoney (Cable News Network, a Time Warner Company), clearly shows that computer sales have plummeted.
Heck, HP has already exited the consumer PC market. In another CNNMoney article, HP kills TouchPad, looks to exit PC business, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said,
This is about a transformation to position HP for a new future and driving shareholder value. He also stated, The tablet effect is real, ~Leo Apotheker
To me, this says computer users are interested more in portability than anything else, and the mobile and Tablet PC business is surely to make hay.
Microsoft, feeling the pressure of a disappointing Windows 7 Tablet PC OS, had to do something a bit radical…hence the introduction of Windows 8. It looks like Microsoft is finally on the right track, writing the evolution of the Windows PC on its own terms, said Al Hilwa, analyst with IDC.
In an April 2010 Business Insider article, Microsoft’s Windows Monopoly Now At Risk As Tablet Market Sprouts Without It, the author said,
This is terrible news for Microsoft. Windows is Microsoft’s biggest profit driver, and if the consumer computing industry moves toward tablet computing — where Microsoft is quickly becoming a nobody — it could be in trouble. ~Jay Yarow. Meaning, the Windows 7 OS was not ready for tablets, and the market will continue without Microsoft with the likes of Android and Apple, to name a few.
So, Windows 7 is a bad OS for Tablet PC’s? Not so fast says the author of a BetaNews article, Windows 7 tablets have a bad rap. In providing his insight into the Windows 7 OS, he stated in Impression #5: Windows 7 is an appealing Tablet OS,
Absolutely! I am not saying that Windows 7 has no weaknesses. Rather, we programmers must take responsibility for the user experience on Windows 7 tablets. The operating system is already an amazingly rich environment to run software. Maybe we programmers need to appreciate that environment more. ~Chris Boss.
He also mentioned earlier in the article,
Microsoft’s challenge will be moving Windows forward without abandoning the past investments made by its customers and developers in the operating system. Microsoft isn’t rewriting Windows 8 from scratch, but there will be some architectural changes and the new Metro UI. ~Chris Boss.
However, I agree with a statement made in a March 2010 PCWorld article, Why the Fate of Windows 7 ‘Slate’ Tablet Is Sealed,
Microsoft needs a UI designed for touch — rich gestures for input and a fundamental UI design that doesn’t involve lots of elements such as tabbed panes, radio buttons, check boxes, and dialog boxes. But it doesn’t have one. ~Galen Gruman, Infoworld.
Windows 7 may be great in terms of its nature, but it does need to be compatible with ARM processing technology, and especially be touch-sensitive. Just look at the explosion in iPad sales.
Commenters to this article were also in agreement, such as…in response to the article author’s statement of “Apple — followed by Dell, HP, and the rest of the industry — has realized a tablet is something different, and force-fitting a desktop OS into it simply won’t work.”, he said,
Other posters have said essentially the same thing, but that’s it in a nutshell. Using a desktop OS just isn’t going to work. HP knows this, and that’s why they dropped Windows 7 on their Slate project and will be using WebOS. That’s why numerous manufactuers will be using Android on their tablet products. A desktop OS, whether it’s Windows 7 or OS X, just isn’t going to work – not as a mass selling consumer product. A niche? Sure, it can fill a niche role, just like all previous Windows based tablets have done. ~Nuke61.
Hold the breaks though, a touch screen is not the only thing needed in the next version of the Windows OS, according to the author of A touch-friendly Windows 8 is least of Microsoft’s tablet problems, a ZDNet article.
Their Achilles heel is the OEM ecosystem. ~Manan Kakkar.
In response to the author’s statement of “Outdoing a mobile OS like iOS or Android for a desktop OS is an engineering challenge and Microsoft efforts will be known once the Windows 8 tablets are ready.” a commenter noted,
But Android tablets have not been able to match the battery life of the iPad either. I think once you get into the 8 hour range the battery life comparison goes out the door. Perhaps a Windows ARM tablet can achieve both the battery life and sex appeal of an iPad. ~rwalrond
So maybe the tablet market will be much the same as the traditional PC market…there’s going to be a love-hate relationship. The problem, IMO, is that Microsoft is already behind. Apple, with it’s introduction of the iPad has set the bar pretty high. I’m not certain Microsoft will be an eventual winner, squaring directly with Apple. Don’t tell MS, but I would much rather have a MS-based tablet than an Apple product…just me.
The author of Happy birthday: On the eve of Windows 8, Microsoft’s Tablet PC turns 10, a TabTimes article, said,
Friday, November 11, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Microsoft’s announcement of third-party Tablet PCs. To commemorate the occasion, we’re publishing a series of three stories. This is the second of three. ~David Needle
At the Comdex conference in 2001, Bill Gates said, “The Tablet takes cutting-edge PC technology and makes it available wherever you want it, which is why I’m already using a Tablet as my everyday computer,” ~Bill Gates. And also stated, “It’s a PC that is virtually without limits and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.” ~Bill Gates.
Though the first tablet PC came to market in 202, it never hit mainstream consumers. It did well in commercial settings, such as hospitals and factories, the use of the stylus just never caught on. I think Microsoft just did not understand what was missing, hence the dramatic iPad market. I think they were trying to force-feed the Windows Pocket PC OS and never considered the user wanted a different approach, and I would suspect, hardware manufactures may have been reluctant to make any changes.
In a recent article, Windows 8 tablet, on daydaily.com, the author had this to say…
New rumours suggest that Microsoft is working on an own-brand tablet to launch running Windows 8. The speculation comes from Taipei, with sources claiming that the tablet will make use of a Texas Instruments chip and will launch by the end of 2012. ~daydaily.com.
I first noticed these rumors in early 2011, starting with a TabletPCReview.com article, Microsoft to Launch Its Own Windows 8 Tablet? The author noted a rumor by DigiTimes, saying,
The folks at DigiTimes started the rumor, claiming their informants as sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the DigiTimes’ information, Microsoft will partner with Texas Instruments, which will manufacture what would be an ARM-designed chip for the tablet. ~Mark Calley.
What we know is that many top brands are preparing to launch tablets with the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. HP, Dell, ASUS, and Samsung have already been rumored in the mix.