Linked by David Adams on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:05 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft had its annual financial analyst meeting on Thursday, and Steve Ballmer answered questions about what the company's answer to the iPad was going to be, and whether Windows Phone 7 was going to be a part of that product strategy. He said, "We're coming . . . We're coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows." Ballmer and Microsoft so don't get it. I can't believe Steve Ballmer is making me feel sorry for Microsoft.
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When will they learn...
by thecwin on Sat 31st Jul 2010 11:02 UTC
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"We're working with our hardware partners, we're tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs that they're bringing them to market. And, yeah, you're going to get a lot of cacophony. There will be people who do things with other operating systems. But we've got the application base, we've got the user familiarity. We've got everything on our side if we do things really right."

They have no familiarity or application base because normal desktop user interfaces don't work well on touch. They'll need to make a new unfamiliar UI like Apple did with iPhone OS, and apps will need to be ported with quite drastic changes in UI. In contrast, the iPad is familiar because of the iPhone/iPod that practically everyone has used, and there are tonnes of applications available for the Cocoa Touch platform. Microsoft's biggest advantage as always is the big corporate market, but the corporate market is always resistant to change, such as tablet PCs.

"Microsoft's partners would be focusing on delivering devices with detachable keyboards and stylus input."

Microsoft's partner? HP.. check
Detachable keyboard? check
Stylus input? check
Running a desktop-like familiar OS? check
Extremely popular, took the world by storm? err.... perhaps not.

Edited 2010-07-31 11:04 UTC

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