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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2005-07-11 it's all about the software.

This article basically spells that out. What Apple did right was to "force" developers (including themselves) to write the applications from scratch to run on the iPhone and iPad. This way they will run faster and be tablet savvy. It's a hard road, but one that has to be taken.

They can use Win7 as a base if they so wish, rip out a lot of the stuff they don't need (including the UI) and layer on top a fast efficient system that is interesting enough to attract buyers.

Microsoft probably does get this too, but the work involved short term is very high. Sadly though, they should have been doing this many years ago. They don't need to wait for other companies to show them the way, they should have been (and should be) doing this themselves, after all, they are basically a software company.

Google managed to get something out the door, but no sign of MS.

What is going to be interesting for MS is the OEM strategy they have relied on didn't help them for the MP3 player market, and isn't going to help them here. Android is a choice for everyone now on anything non-apple (and on older iPhone models too if you so choose). HP will throw PalmOS into the mix too, and I'm sure there are others. They can't come to the party late this time. I think it's over before it begins.....

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WorknMan Member since:

Android is a choice for everyone now on anything non-apple (and on older iPhone models too if you so choose).

We still need a decent Android tablet to compete with the iPad. And I'm talking about one running Froyo (2.2) that has access to apps on the Android Marketplace. Only problem is, most people that skipped out on the iPad don't seem to want to pay more than $200 for a tablet, which is really a shame, unless you're content with one of those cheap Chinese iPad knockoffs.

I know a lot of people don't see the need/use for tablets, but I had an iPad in my possession for a few days and became a fan of tablets. IMHO, they make much better 'couch computers' than laptops or netbooks, and they could even replace a dedicated ebook reader if you don't mind reading on an LCD screen. I decided to pass on the iPad though, because I can't stand iTunes, so I'm still waiting on that killer Android tablet to come out.

As for MS, those guys don't have a clue. I'm not even sure how they managed to get as big as they are, being as incompetent as they are. If their Windows/Office monopoly ever comes crashing down, it's game over for them, because they can't seem to do much of anything else right.

Edited 2010-07-31 08:29 UTC

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viton Member since:

MS seems only expanded while being ruled by Bill Gates.
Ballmer is only capable of making a fool out of himself.

Edited 2010-07-31 14:22 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I think you are mistaken when it comes to android tablets. There aren't any good ones out there. Its really the quality of the existing ones that is causing people to not buy them. Give the manufacturers a couple months to show you what's possible at a much lower price point that Ipad.

And Froyo? its just now starting to become available on phones. Your Horses, hold them.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06 it's all about the software.

I know, right? And they are supposed to be a software company.

I'm not even sure how they managed to get as big as they are, being as incompetent as they are.

And that is the problem right there. They got too big. Too many mid-level managers trying to hold onto their little fiefdoms. They don't know what they are doing and give the wrong guidance to the developers. It doesn't help that Ballmer seems to have no clue.

I've seen this before.

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