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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Form factor
by Elv13 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 05:09 UTC in reply to "Or ipad/tablat computers are over rated."
Elv13
Member since:
2006-06-12

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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RE: Form factor
by righard on Sun 20th Jun 2010 11:22 in reply to "Form factor"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

What is a "connected" game console, and why doesn't a console count as a computer form if the are not "connected"?

Personally I only agree with the Smartphone as a new form. I netbook really is just a smaller laptop. Really, it is , sorry ;) I can remember people always wanted the biggest laptop, until marketing told them smaller was better.
...And I think a tablet is just a Smartphone without the ability to call conviently...but that might just be me.

Edited 2010-06-20 11:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Form factor
by Elv13 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 14:26 in reply to "RE: Form factor"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

When a game console is not connected to the Network, it can only play games, DVD and Music CD. When it is, it become a terminal to consume media and even produce some. Modern console (PS3 and 360) offer access to popular online services, distributions platform (app store) and a bridge between your "central computer" and your TV. Just like the iPad.

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RE: Form factor
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 21st Jun 2010 04:05 in reply to "Form factor"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Mainframe/cluster??

So what the heck is the standard x86 1U server? I wouldn't call it a mainframe or a cluster, and its sales absolutely dwarf the other two.

I don't think you should be in charge of defining computer categories.

A more correct statement would be the one many industry analysts have made, and has been backed up in the stock price valuations of Microsoft vs Apple: While Microsoft earns significant revenue in its established products ( x86 operating systems, Office productivity software), its ability to effectively enter in new growing markets appears to be limited. Apple and Google's growth is more highly expected than Microsoft's. If you feel strongly otherwise, then a Microsoft Stock purchase would be a wise idea.

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RE[2]: Form factor
by spiderman on Mon 21st Jun 2010 05:47 in reply to "RE: Form factor"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

If you feel strongly otherwise, then a Microsoft Stock purchase would be a wise idea.

Oh man, the market does not work like that. Nobody buy MSFT or AAPL for dividends, that would be overpriced. If you buy MSFT or AAPL stocks, that is because you want to sell fast. In other words, you think the stock price will rise in the coming years, not that they will make more money. You think people will buy that stock.

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