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Windows Tablets -- Take 2

It is clear that Microsoft got smoked in the tablet space -- first by the iPad and now by Android. Many forget that Microsoft, with its pen computing initiative, has had tablets for years. They just never really caught on.

But do you expect Microsoft to simply give up? Not on your life. Last year it promoted Win 7 tablets, but they just never really caught on. I looked at Bestbuy.com and couldn't recognize the names of the companies selling Win 7 tablets.

At this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Microsoft will take another stab as it is expected to announce the development of a new line of tablets running on ARM chips. Even though Windows Phone 7 already supports ARM chips, some expect these new tablets to take up to two years to emerge. By then the iPad and Android will be well ahead of where they are now.

Too little too late? Isn't that what they said about Word, Excel and the Xbox?

Do you use a pad, netbook or just lug around a beast of a laptop when mobile? Share your thoughts at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/05/2011 at 1:18 PM


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