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 spiderman on Sun 20th Jun 2010 07:34 UTC
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

"The release of the iPad marked the true beginning of the post-PC era"

No, just no. We have had cell phones and tablets before the iPad and they didn't kill the PC. Archos tablets are popular in France and they didn't kill the PC.

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RE: No
by HappyGod on Mon 21st Jun 2010 06:19 in reply to "No"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

I was just about to say the same thing. Anytime anything different comes out in the PIM/Phone/Tablet/Laptop/Ultralight/Netbook/Nettop/Palmtop etc. market, it is hailed as the last nail in the coffin for the PC.

I'm just looking around my office, and I'm staring at about 20ish people using PCs. Admittedly I work for a dev house, so maybe we're not typical, but I'm willing to bet most offices look pretty much the same.

Ditto for people I know with regards to the home "computer" (whatever that may be). Most people I know either have a PC, or they have a laptop that they use like a PC. By that I mean that they have an external keyboard, mouse and screen, and the laptop is just posing. At the end of the day, it never moves and it's just a PC.

If you're just casually surfing the web (learning some wrong and/or useless facts on wikipedia if you're like me) in front of the telly, the the iPad's probably OK. But if you want to get stuck in and deal with some bulk email, or do some serious flight-booking research, then it's down with the iPad and time to make the trek into the other room, and get on your PC.

I just can't see that changing any time soon.

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RE: No
by Vanders on Mon 21st Jun 2010 08:05 in reply to "No"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Anytime you see something similar to:

"The release of the iPad marked the true beginning of the post-PC era"


just replace "iPad" with "thin client".

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