Apple's iPad has been a huge success. There's just no way to deny that. Apple
has raked in millions from being first to market with a "new"
generation tablet that uses modernized software and a touch-friendly
platform, and Microsoft
has been scrambling ever since to match it. In
fact, everyone has. Android
tablets are coming to light as well, but the
main issue is that hardly any tablets are out there yet. But they will
With the critical holiday season approaching, Microsoft
has no intentions of missing their chance to rival the iPad this
Christmas. CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that the world can expect
Windows-based slates by Christmas. Here's the exact quote: "You'll see new slates with Windows on them.
You'll see them this Christmas. Certainly
we have done work around the tablet as
both a productivity device and a consumption device." That was said to
an audience at the London School of
Economics, but he failed to elaborate beyond that with details.
It's hard to say what kind of form factors and specifications will
follow these slates to market. We have heard in the past that there will
be multiple screen sizes and multiple platforms, giving customers far
more options than Apple. But is Windows 7 tailored to work well on a
tablet? Will consumers choose Windows over the iPad? We can't wait for
the Q4 sales figures to tell the story.