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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Very well-written and thought out. There are always going to be exceptions to any effort at simplifying a large audience's opinions or reactions, but this does a very good job at making the attempt.

I seem to be in a minority, at least from the amount of stuff I've been reading over the past several months. I'm a techie, but I happen to own and love my iPad. It does what I want it to, when & where I want it to, without having to wrestle it into submission. (yes, I can already hear the cries of indignation - "You must be a Machead Sheeple! You don't know how to use computers! You've swallowed the kool-aid!" Sorry to not fit neatly into anyone's cherished conceptions. I've been using computers since the TRS-80 Model I in 1980 (could have been early 81 - my memory's a little hazy that far back) - all the way up through Atari's, Commodores, Amiga's (I consider the Amiga to be its own separate entity,) Macs, PC's, BeOS machines ... I've got a pretty good idea of what I want and how to go about getting it. The iPad, for me, fits nicely into a lot of those tasks.

Is an iPad the end-all, be-all uber-device? Of course not. Is Apple somehow holding a gun to helpless, clueless consumers heads? Nope.

Will Microsoft manage to come up with something competitive to the iPad or Android tablets? Who knows! I don't know, that's for sure. I wouldn't count them out of the running, this early in the game. I'd personally like to see them take the Courier concept and run with it - that thing could rock.

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