Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 13th Dec 2010 23:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It's hard to predict the future because we humans prefer to think in terms of familiar paradigms. Even the most brilliant of our species are subject to this flaw. Now, Microsoft faces its turn. The owner of the operating system that likely runs your personal computer, the company that achieved monopoly with Windows and ducked the Department of Justice's scythe to keep it, faces a midlife crisis as the world goes gaga over portable consumer devices. This is the story of what's happening to Microsoft in the handheld operating system markets -- and how it parallels the earlier, similar journeys of IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Can Microsoft achieve dominance on mobile devices?
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From the OSNews article:

The tablet is a radically different approach to understanding how people use and interact with computers

Let's not exaggerate here. The tablet is not a radically different approach. The only thing that changes is the interaction device, i.e. instead of a mouse we use our fingers. Other than that, it's still about icons and clicks.

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bogomipz Member since:

True, but by Apple's definition, the tablet is a scaled up smartphone, not a scaled down laptop. This could change very repidly, but currently the iPad pretty much defines the tablet market.

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