Bloomberg: Microsoft Won’t Compete in Tablet Wars Until 2012

“People with knowledge” say it. Bloomberg reported it. According to that report Microsoft won’t be ready to roll out its current Tablet hopes until the back to school season of 2012. Testing is scheduled to begin at the end of this year according to the same sources.

Should we cue up Steve Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle? Or just acknowledge that this fits the pattern all to well?

Comments

  1. Jimmy Powers says

    I really feel like there is a potentially huge story being glazed over here. MS is behind here no doubt; but if they execute a successful UI design, they will have the only fully featured OS competing with mobile OS’ in the tablet market.

    This will be Windows 8 vs. iOS vs. Android. That’s kind of exciting to me!

  2. Jimmy Powers says

    I really feel like there is a potentially huge story being glazed over here. MS is behind here no doubt; but if they execute a successful UI design, they will have the only fully featured OS competing with mobile OS’ in the tablet market.

    This will be Windows 8 vs. iOS vs. Android. That’s kind of exciting to me!

  3. Rob Bushway says

    ….consumers are taking their tech to the enterprise and enterprise is having to adopt…the post-pc era. microsoft’s answer is their Windows Phone 7 platform. That should be their future…

  4. ChrisRS says

    If MS waits for Win 8 they will be sitting out 2011.

    MS has had plenty of tme to graft an optional Metro UI onto Win 7 a a power toy.

    MS has had more than prenty of time to make information on tweaking Win 7 for touch and pen redily available and assist/encourage OEMs in implementing the tweaks.

    MS may be chosing not to compete now, in order to make money with Win 8 upgrades.
    MS may not be able to develop a decent touch friendly interface.
    I don’t know which, but either way OEMs have little incentive to develop Win 7 tablets.

    I’m afraid that at this rate OEMs will totally forget ink when Win 8 is availble.

    (Asus EP 121 looks pretty good. If Asus can ramp up production to meet demand, there may eb enough units in teh field for consumers/prosumers to see the powere and conveninec of a Win 7 TabletPC)

    Win 8 is too late. It would appear that the MS strategy is leave tablets to iPaD and Android for at least another year. Then MS will come out with Win 8 and it will have such a WOW factor and be so Magical that they will captue the market. Really? They may be able to do it, but first generation MS vs 3rd or 4th generation iPad and Android seem anthing but WOW.

  5. Adam Z Lein says

    There were lots of people using Windows 7 Tablet PCs at the MVP Summit this week as well as in the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. The Asus Eee Slate works very nicely.

  6. CFlorentino83 says

    I like many other put my pre-order in the first week of February and have been waiting for the Thunderbolt to release ever since the first annouced date of February 14th. Finally this morning I got a call from a Rep stating that the phone will finally arrive on Thursday March 17th. Just wanted to share the news with everyone out there that is so anxious to atleast hear some kind of news. Hope this helps.

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