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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RE: When will they learn...
by sorpigal on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 17:34 UTC in reply to "When will they learn..."
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Where Microsoft would have strong leverage with its existing platform on a tablet form factor would be in componentization. Say what you will about quality but there are COM mechanisms for doing a large number of things. If Microsoft could strip down Windows ala their Server 2008 offerings and then layer on a new UI, all while keeping (binary) compatibility at the API layer with third party COM stuff then I imagine it would become a more attractive target: Write your shared back end, do a proper Win32 front end for normal Windows and do a 'tablet' front end for mobile-Windows.

The massive amount of developer mindshare and experience, plus the massive amount of existing components, would give MS an instant base of software. Not quite as much as just re-using the Windows UI wholesale, but as people keep pointing out it doesn't work so well on a touchscreen anyway.

tl;dr same platform, just rewrite the UI. Of course they'll never realize it until too late.

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