Poor Meego - Intel's red-headed stepchild. Are they waiting for WinARM devices to appear before actually pushing it as a solution?
I can understand why they would - It'll also run on ARM devices, so that's bad, and Intel's the only ones that will run Win7 which is "good" (for them). But, if they wait for the WinARM threat to get real, it will have been too late.
Push Meego now, Intel!
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
The one thing which I have thought since Intel started the Atom was this, other companies products do a better job initially, and the netbook market which was there focus is a no profit market really. This whereas the smart phone market (IE: mini slate market is profit galore), until now at CES most of the slates including the iPad are blown up smart phones. This was largely due to the fact there was no significant OS just adaptations of smart phone OS's, and down scaled desktop OS's.
I think a year ago or more would have been the prime time for M$ to do something about this. Where as now Android has almost the entire market except for the iPad, which I really consider more of a glorified LCD e-reader, at least in the current model. The major problem I see with the iPad as a device is rooted in Apple insistence on remaining a device manufacturer and software producer, and of course there software and "hardware" only work together.
Because of this other developers cannot operate on an Apple device, business's cannot make custom software, and it leaves the iPad as a media hub only. I also fault Intel as I mentioned before the netbook market is a no profit market. So they should have been working on a processor series more geared toward where the ARM processor market is focusing, rather than a processor that basically operates netbooks, or network hub machinery, and all in ones which are woefully underpowered when run on Atom systems.
I will also fault there SandyBridge processor which may have it's advantages, but is underpowered versus one by AMD/ATI as far as graphics capabilities, and also energy usage it seems. If Nvidia ever wanted to jump into the processor market, which to me it seems they have already done with there Tegra/Tegra2 processor, then Intel is going to be weakened. Think about it from the wide view point, and consider how many different processors both central as well as graphic on the market including the ARM brethren. It would seem to me there are between 8-10 big players in that market sector if not more.
As for M$ while I will give them props for Windows 7 which I like, I will also say it seem to be a hyped copy of XP with Vista capabilities. While that is not necessarily a bad thing entirely, and one which I enjoy using as a main OS, they should have also been concentrating on a specific OS. I am sure your thinking that they did with the W7 phones, and it's OS, which is true. On the other side of things it seems Apple, and Google were both doing exactly that, and making both Tablet and Smart Device mobile aimed communication OS's as well.
Basically both Intel and M$ seem to be one step in the wrong way in the current device trail to me. They can blame each other, and make snide remarks concerning one another, but really the fault lies nowhere, but within the own corporations singularly. I will also add that if they are a team, that a team does not accomplish anything when they are not working together.
"Intel doesn't think tablets will pose a threat to its core desktop or laptop markets"
I agree, My desktops are here to stay, and I may never justify the cost of a tablet PC since they cost so much.
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Tablets have their place which is in the expensive gotta have to be popular market. Tablets could work well in businesses and medical institutions that try to go paperless, but face it you can do the same stuff with a laptop or netbook and they cost much less. Tablet's im afriad just like the PDA have niche uses and are kinda like a fad that will eventually go away.
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Neil, I think we'll see tablets--decent ones--at a $199 price point within two years. Neither notebook nor tablet will ever replace my desktop, but I can imagine opting for a tablet instead of a notebook, provided I picked up a portable keyboard+mouse. I'm not saying that'll actually ever happen, but it could.
Drago: Ask a nurse or a teacher if they'd rather work and walk around with a light device that easily fits in one hand and is optimized for fingers or a heavier device meant for keyboard-mouse input. I think you'll find that tablets win hands down, provided OS and software support is good. Older students might prefer notebooks, but elementary schools are much more likely to opt for small, kid-size tablets that may or may not be kept at school.
As much as I loathe the way students rely on computers and calculators these days, I think this is quite likely. Tablets will also have another advantage. Children tend to learn mouse control and basic keyboard stuff quite quickly, but a tablet presents an even more intuitive interface--move your finger, move the program. Touch a 'button' something happens. If you advocate the use of these devices in the first place, tablets win over notebooks in that age group.
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