Microsoft Exec Thinks Tablets are just Fads, Agree?

A Microsoft executive claims that tablet computers, which includes Apple’s iPad, are nothing more than a fad.

“Mobile is something that you want to use while you’re moving, and portable is something that you move and then use,” said Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, during a luncheon in Sydney. “These are going to bump into one another a little bit, and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between.”

“Personally, I don’t know whether I believe that space will be a persistent one or not,” Mundie added.

This probably reflects why Microsoft remains low-key in the tablet market, despite the aggressive competition from various manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Toshiba, and Motorola. Windows 7 has appeared on a handful of tablets, most of which are only available in Asia.

However, rumors claim that Microsoft is not taking tablet computers for granted, as its next operating system, with the working title “Windows 8,” would be designed for tablet computers. The new OS is expected to be released in 2012, which may also prompt Microsoft to develop a tablet to go with it.

Source: eWeek

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