Asus Reveals Eee Pad Launch Details, Talks Differences Between Those And Netbooks
Computex is scheduled to begin in early June in Taiwan, and given the home crowd advantage, Asus will use this trade show to officially unveil the Eee Pad, or the series of Eee Pad Tablets, we should say. The first phase will use "Microsoft Software," the company's CEO (Jerry Shen) announced, but an official ship date is being withheld until Asus can evaluate the overall market excitement for Tablets and Slates.
Also, Shen spoke of something that really struck a chord with us. He stated that netbooks and tablets, of which Asus will soon be making in both respects, serve "two different markets." He said that Tablet PCs are better for cloud computing, while netbooks are better for personal computing. That makes a lot of sense to us, but we think the two may begin to overlap more in time as new software is developed specifically for both platforms. In closing, Asus credited Apple for really pushing the Tablet PC into the mainstream: "The tablet PC is a cloud computing device. If it weren't for Apple this market would develop a lot more slowly." Hard to argue there.