Microsoft is said to be about to announce an "iPad killer" soon.
If the report referenced above is accurate, it will sport a slide out keyboard. Wow, Microsoft, that's innovative!
Microsoft isn't about to manufacture hardware, so this will come from Dell, Samsung and other folks.
Realistically, Microsoft needs something far more than an iPad killer. They'd need an Android killer, which means a far less expensive machine and that means cheapening up. Given that, my expectation would be a junky machine running Windows 7 (although there are rumors of Windows 8) with a lousy battery life, hardware reliability issues, and of course, just as prone to viruses and malware as Windows 7.
The early gossip suggests expensive, too, with estimates of $549.00. That's iPad pricing territory.
Of course that's all just speculation. These things could be really good, or at least good enough that everyone will think they will be able to compete. If they are, I would expect to see my Microsoft stock soar to new heights. I'll then immediately dump all of mine, because my bet will still be that Microsoft won't be able to compete in this market and that this will be Microsoft's swan song.
These tablets are the future. There are still stubborn old coots who don't believe that, but that is reality. At the end of the day, it always comes down to software and Microsoft developers can't begin to compete with the army of IOS developers and the even bigger army of Android develepors.
If there is an iPad killer, it will be Android, not Microsoft.
And yet, I'm not even sure about that. There are plenty of cheap Android phones and while they have cut into the iPhone market somewhat, Android hasn't killed the iPhone yet. The biggest reason for that is, of course, apps, and the biggest problem for Android is the same problem that Unix always had: platform fragmentation. That is the ray of hope that Microsoft sees: if Android developers tire of limiting themselves to a weaker, one size fits all approach, Android could get squuezed out between Apple and Microsoft and the world returns to harmony once again.
Yeah, anything is possible, but if these things have a lesser battery life, weigh more, are just as expensive and are vulnerable to Win 7 malware, they are going nowhere. This will be another Microsoft Bob or another Windows 7 Phone at best.
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