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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RE[3]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: They was right"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Oh, I was by no means correcting or criticizing you.

A lot of people aren't aware of the Apple Pippin (because it didn't last very long and was a complete bust), so I thought I just threw it in there.

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RE[4]: They was right
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:30 in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I want one of those so badly.

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RE[5]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:33 in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have managed to collect loads of computers and the wise lesson I learned is that they are useless without software. Even more so game consoles as you can't even program those yourself.

So getting hold of a Pippin will not be easy, but perhaps even harder is to get any games for it. Also considering not many have been made.

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RE[5]: They was right
by Laurence on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 14:11 in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I want one of those so badly.

They're on eBay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Bandai-Apple-PiPPIN-ATMARK-/260876708...


Also, +informative to MOS6510. That console has taken me completely by surprise!

Edited 2011-11-02 14:11 UTC

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RE[4]: They was right
by Straho on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:35 in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
Straho Member since:
2011-09-30

No problem.
I don't have much work, just sit and drink coffee in the office. That was new and interesting information.
May be I was a little too sarcastic in my first comment, but still I think MS couldn't offer something competitive and that was right decision.

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RE[5]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:42 in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think they could make something that would sell, if it wasn't for the iPad hype.

They have such a dominant position with Windows and Office, they should be able to exploit that with a tablet that complements those two products.

Then again a lot of companies make tablets and either making a loss or not making much money. It may be too much trouble or too big a risk for too little profit.

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