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[5]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
MOS6510
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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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RE[6]: They was right
by Laurence on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 13:54 in reply to "RE[5]: They was right"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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.

MS have never been bothered about running a project at a heavy loss as long as there was the potential to cut into someone else's profit margin.

Edited 2011-11-02 13:55 UTC

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RE[7]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 13:59 in reply to "RE[6]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

True, but a tablet of Microsoft would rather cut in sales of The Others and not a lot in Apple's, who'd still be taking home the treasure chest.

It's a shame, because Microsoft has the money, people and experience to make potential interesting stuff.

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RE[6]: They was right
by dsmogor on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 18:02 in reply to "RE[5]: They was right"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

They first must prove they can turn Office into a tablet killer app. This is still undecided if they (or anyone) can.

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