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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RE: Form factor
by righard on Sun 20th Jun 2010 11:22 UTC in reply to "Form factor"
righard
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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"
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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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