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Is Microsoft’s J Allard Working to Revive the Tablet PC or is it a Gaming Device?



Loren Heiny picked up on a mention in Todd Bishop’s post on TechFlash about J Allard and a Microsoft Patent for a Magic Wand like device. The mention from Mr. Bishop is this:

Apart from reports about a possible Zune/Xbox linkup, one source who has been accurate in the past recently cited the possibility of an Allard project reviving the Tablet PC.

Now, the article goes on to talk about the patent for a Magic Wand like device with several references to Nintendo’s Wii. So, who knows what this really means at this point. But given Mr. Allard’s credentials as Microsoft’s Chief Experience Office and CTO, it would be interesting to see what he might come up with related to a Tablet PC.



  1. bluespapa

    05/18/2009 at 1:07 am

    I didn’t know the tablet PC died.

    Seriously, the market has consistently been in pushing the price down, regardless of the limitations. If adding a touch screen to an otherwise portable product pushes the price up, it’s a niche item.

    I’ve been teaching at a community college, and take my computer to class daily, put up and mark up documents, demonstrate OneNote and a variety of other bells and whistles, and talked one student, once, into asking grandma for a tablet. These days I give an assignment and out come the phones (if they weren’t secretly out to begin with). There should have been a good, cheap product out ages ago, with all the textbooks available for download so the students can mark them up and search. Instead they use highlighters and sell them back at ten cents on the dollar.

  2. bluespapa

    05/18/2009 at 1:12 am

    Sorry. The middle paragraph should read:

    The market has consistently demonstrated that people want the cheapest item, regardless of its limitations. If adding a touch screen (or heaven forbid, a digitizer or capacitive touch), the item becomes a weird niche item.

  3. GoodThings2Life

    05/18/2009 at 9:48 am

    I believe this is definitely anticipated to be a gaming technology rather than tablet, especially since J Allard is head of the Xbox/Media division these days.

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