Microsoft vows it will make a tablet this year

According to reports, Microsoft is back in the tablet game and they’re getting help from Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony. Notice how HP is missing since they’re off getting WebOS hooked up with their own version of the tablet. But that’s some pretty big names so there’s a good chance these guys can actually pull it off. But can MS and company actually get these on the shelves in the next 3 months? They need to have an abundant supply by November so people can browse and shop for Christmas. While it sounds great to offer so many choices, part of me thinks this dizzying array of options will actually confuse people. The iPad has its feature set and that’s it. The device works the same no matter where you get it because Apple is the only one that makes it. You aren’t missing a feature your buddy has because they all work the same. The Windows 7 tablets […]

Damn! Bad week for MS, the Slate is dead too!

Looks like my idea of Microsoft cozying up to HP to work on the Slate isn’t going to happen. Microsoft has been kicked to the curb and with the acquisition of Palm, HP is more interested in making the webOS the powerhouse behind and future tablets. HP was very blunt on where it goes from here, saying it plans on "doubling down on webOS," meaning we could very well be looking at a webOS-based tablet in the near future. Do you get the feeling Microsoft has been left holding the bag here? They have a tablet OS nobody wants. The tablet market is going to keep growing and Microsoft is going to be on the outside looking in. Ouch! If Dell gives MS the snub and chooses Google for their tablets then Microsoft will be totally locked out of the market. Rumor: Hewlett-Packard Kills Microsoft Tablet Project (Slate) So how funny is this, on the day that Apple is releasing […]

Microsoft dumps the Courier

Rumors are surfacing that Microsoft has called it quits on their much hyped but completely vaporware Courier tablet. While this is surprising, it’s not really surprising. While MS has been touting the device and their touch technology for months they’ve yet to make any progress in bringing the device to market. They’ve never announced a deadline, never set a beta cycle and never showed off anything more than hopes and dreams on what a tablet by Microsoft might look like if they ever got one out the door. Microsoft dropping the ball and dropping the project really shouldn’t come as big news. Microsoft has been mismanaging touch technology and tablets since 2000. They were completely alone in the Tablet PC market yet couldn’t get anyone to come on board. Try as they might no tablet like device produced or controlled by Microsoft ever took the market by storm. Even Surface, their latest foray into this realm is hardly noticeable in […]