Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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Well you know what....
by gregthecanuck on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 06:50 UTC
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Ballmer did the right thing.

Unfortunately with two competing ideas it makes sense to focus on one and run with it and put 100% effort into it - something the whole company can get behind. If that means some bruised egos then so be it.

That funky dual-screen folding model was something nobody else had come out with and for good reason. Trying to design an OS around that was an even worse idea. There was definitely a novelty factor but it just wasn't practical.

The whole "ecosystem" idea beind Windows 8 is a good one if MS can get it right.

Edited 2011-11-02 06:50 UTC

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