Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:06 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has Windows Mobile 6.x (on the way out) Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and then Windows 7 for tablet PCs and netbooks. What this bevy of systems is missing is a coherent answer for the tablet form factor. Windows Embedded Compact 7, which is the OS aimed at the mobile sector, isn't yet released, and when it is, it won't have a uniform UI, but will depend on hardware vendors to customize. It's an appealing strategy from the vendors point of view, I guess because they get to differentiate their products from their competitors, but it's not a recipe for success.
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by Elv13 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 05:09 UTC in reply to "Or ipad/tablat computers are over rated."
Elv13
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I don't think it is totally true. Computer will change. Before (90's-2005), we had 3 form factor:
-Laptop
-Desktop
-Mainframe/cluster

Three years later, we had five:
-Laptop/NoteBook/TabletPC
-Desktop
-Mainframe/cluster
-NetBook
-SmartPhone

Now, seven:
" "
-Tablet
-Connected game consoles

It is not going to end. Printer will start having real GUI, HDTV/3DTV will become closer to a computer (HTPC have never been a mainstream form factor). Then "niche" devices will start to show up for particular uses. There is some WindowsCE micro computer since a decade, but now, with augmented reality and location aware smart devices, we will enter a new era. The childrens of the Microsoft Surface or Steven Spilberg Minority report like GUI may become an afordable reality. Who know!

Those devices wont use Windows or a floating windows based GUI. They need a true flexible embedded OS. So even if tablet die, the gap wont disappear.

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