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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Comment by vivainio
by vivainio on Sat 31st Jul 2010 11:14 UTC
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From cnet:

He said the task Microsoft faces is similar to the early days of the Netbook, when many of those machines were Linux-based

I can't believe he's seriously saying that.

To compete on netbooks, they had to drop price. On tablets, they don't have anything people would take for free.

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RE: Comment by vivainio
by kaiwai on Sat 31st Jul 2010 11:59 in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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I wonder to what degree will the Windows 7 loaded onto these machines will actually look like Windows 7. As someone pointed out, the Windows GUI just isn't suitable for touch input which begs to question whether we'll see a GUI overlay which will replace the standard GUI - maybe using Silverlight? you get the benefits of the Windows 7 ecosystem in regards to hardware and yet the easy to use touch interface. The problem then comes when one talks about legacy applications not written for touch in mind - which opens a bigger can of worms.

I'd sooner see a Tablet OS based on Windows Phone 7 with a slight customised UI than trying to wedge a desktop operating system into a device whose form factor requires a different approach entirely.

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by RIchard James13 on Sat 31st Jul 2010 14:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
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The problem with a GUI overlay is that all the applications are still using the old UI. They would need to convert the applications as well.

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