Ray Ozzie: Tablet PCs are Truly Niche

Wow. It didn’t take long for Bill Gates to leave the building for Microsoft’s top brass to declare Tablet PC technology as “truly niche”. Here is Ray Ozzie talking with TechFlash about how touch will be a big deal in Windows 7 vs how Tablet PC was:

I think that the positive thing that will draw people in, in many cases, is the touch work. I won’t go so far as to say it’s the next mouse, meaning it will be on everything and you have to use it. But it’s not going to be like the Tablet PC, where it was truly niche. I think it will go broader and broader.

I agree with Loren Heiny – this is not a good thing to see Microsoft put a ceiling on their own products, talking down their own products. Such talk concerns me. Instead, I’d like to hear Ozzie talking about why Tablet PC has not spread further than it already has and work to go about changing it – could it be Microsoft’s own failed marketing, keeping tablet features in premium SKUs, high manufacturing costs, Microsoft not implementing tablet technology in their own products, including Ozzie’s Live initiative – that’s right, where is the ink love in all the Live products? I hope Ozzie’s comments don’t paint the future of Live and their hopeful embrace of Tablet technology. As we move to the cloud, let’s don’t leave tablet technology behind.