Linked by David Adams on Tue 31st Jan 2012 23:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless An article at The Next Web points out that the latest marketshare numbers put Apple at the top of "PC" makers, and that some PC makers that don't have any tablet momentum are calling foul. It's "controversial" to count tablets as PCs, they say. The article points out various justifications for not categorizing tablets as personal computers, and then shoots them down. I must say, I find the argument compelling.
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Tablet PCs
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 1st Feb 2012 17:39 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
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2006-08-18

Later this year when Microsoft releases Windows 8 for tablets, I don't think there will be any confusion what classification they fall under, especially if the classical GUI is still accessible on ARM tablets and a dock-able or wireless keyboard is used. I think most consumers associate the Windows OS with personal computers. Therefore the distinction will be small once tablets, smartphones, laptops, ultra-books, desktops, and consoles all run the same Windows OSes

If we take out the word "personal" then most consumer electronics fall under computers...smart printers are computers with OSes and networking stacks, routers are computers with OS firmware, etc.

Edited 2012-02-01 17:43 UTC

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RE: Tablet PCs
by kristoph on Wed 1st Feb 2012 20:54 in reply to "Tablet PCs"
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2006-01-01

especially if the classical GUI is still accessible on ARM tablets and a dock-able or wireless keyboard is used.


Microsoft will not support 'the classical GUI' on ARM tablets, this has already been announced.

A wireless keyboard is supported (as it is on the iPad).

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