Steve Jobs pokes fun at Microsoft’s Tablet PC sales

By Tom Warren, on 2nd Mar 11 8:25 pm with 53 Comments

Steve Jobs introduces iPad 2

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company’s latest invention on Wednesday, the iPad 2.

With the unveiling of Apple’s latest iPad came a brief remark from Jobs on Microsoft’s Windows Tablet PCs. Jobs said that Apple had sold 15 million iPad devices in nine months, ”more than every tablet PC ever sold,” he boasted. “The Tablet PC did not invent the modern Tablet PC, it crashed and burned.” Microsoft wasn’t the only company on the receiving ends of Jobs’ jabs however. The Apple chief also displayed a slide of Google’s Honeycomb operating system, claiming that the OS only has 100 applications available. Jobs didn’t stop there though, he also displayed the following slide:

iPad competitors labelled as "copycats" by Apple

Jobs also explained that he doesn’t believe the iPad is the next PC market:

“Our competitors are looking at this like it’s the next PC market. That is not the right approach to this. These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive. The hardware and software need to intertwine more than they do on a PC. We think we’re on the right path with this.”

Microsoft famously introduced its Tablet PC edition of Windows in 2001. The company produced a hardware specification for its OEM partners that would see hundreds of pen-enabled personal computers on the market. Microsoft originally licensed a separate copy of Windows,  Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, before integrating the technology into future Windows versions. Despite Microsoft’s head start, Tablet PCs have not sold in large quantities. The software giant has been criticized for its slow response to Apple’s iPad device, introduced in April, 2010. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, previously said Windows 7 based Slates would be available “as soon as they’re ready” when questioned earlier in 2010. Microsoft’s hardware partners introduced a range of new form factors at CES, a mix between traditional Slates and laptops.

Apple’s latest iPad 2 features a dual-core CPU, 9x faster graphics and is slimmer and lighter than the previous generation. The company has also included front and rear cameras for use with FaceTime. Microsoft’s hardware partners have a lot of catching up to do if they want to position a product that can rival the iPad 2. Samsung unveiled its Sliding PC 7 series Windows 7 Slate hybrid at CES earlier this year. The device features Intel’s 1.66GHz Z670 Oak Trail processor, 10.1″ touchscreen, 32GB SSD and 2GB of RAM. The tablet ways just 2.1 pounds and will retail in March for $699. The iPad currently retails at $499 and sold three million units in its first 80 days of release. The iPad is currently selling approximately 4.5 million units per quarter, Bernstein Research estimates.

Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, said earlier last year that the company has a lot of different tablet projects it is pursuing. Microsoft canceled their internal Courier project shortly after the release of the iPad. The project was an innovative new tablet concept that had promised to combine a dual screen book design with finger and stylus input. The leaked promotional materials demonstrated various concepts that would have brought an unparalleled productivity tool to the market. Most media outlets and analysts felt the move to cancel the device was a mistake.

Dell also unveiled a hybrid “touch and type” Windows 7 Slate device in late November. The device currently retails at at $549 in U.S. stores. Microsoft rarely acknowledges the iPad or its sales influence. Windows general product manager Gavriella Schuster previously admitted that netbooks running Windows are “definitely getting cannibalised” by the iPad.

Apple’s iPad 2 announcement will only heap further pressure on Microsoft to respond. Rumors suggest that Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.

Microsoft is still refusing to talk Windows 8 based Slates however. Microsoft CFO Peter Klein declined to talk Windows 8 or the future of the company’s Slate strategy at a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday. Klein said the company will share more information on “the next generation of Windows” when it is ready to do so. Microsoft’s refusal to detail a firm iPad competitor could damage its mindshare long term. Microsoft may be preparing to demonstrate its Windows 8 Tablet UI as early as June, according to reports on Monday. If the company is serious about the expanding Tablet market then June would be a perfect time to show what it has planned.

  • Guest

    They’re not talking but they are selling:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/it?s=msft

    So there’s your answer to what they think regarding their chances of succeeding in tablets.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      How does that make any sense? Employees are always “selling” stock…

    • Guest

      Senior most leadership not regular employees. And look at the *pace* of selling. It has increased dramatically, especially by Sinofsky (the person most knowledgeable of what’s coming with W8).

  • Wrighmas

    And as he should. Microsoft should just be ashamed at how long it is taking for them to put something out. It is days like these that make it hard to not be mad at the people running Microsoft. WAKE UP!

    • Grannyville7989

      I’d rather Microsoft take the time to release something that’s really good than rush something to market that’s half-arsed.

    • Wrighmas

      Yeah..responding to the ipad threat a few months after would have “half-arsed” and actually I would call any windows 7 tablet “half-arsed”. Allowing Apple to release a SECOND generation device while they still trying to come out with a first gen is just disgraceful. They are suppose to be the best software company in the world. ACT LIKE one. I’m sorry but the speed of business is moving too fast for Microsoft. IE 9 should have came out over a year ago. Windows Phone 7 two-three years ago.

    • http://madebyplast.com Chun Yin

      I sometimes wonder whether MS thinks that tablet/mobile markets are not of a high priority yet, and is actually actively pursuing other areas which their competitiors haven’t targetted yet.

      Look at Microsoft Research, for example. They have an enormous R&D department focusing on the wildest of things. We’ve also seen them pursue products like Kinect which is truly revolutionary. Maybe part of their strategy is to use their competitior’s success as a sort of cover, while they work on something else? I sure hope so.

    • Guest

      I think they understand the priority. The problem is MS used to be a relatively fast follower in a slow moving market. But now they’re a chronically slow one in a very fast moving market.

      Kinect has been very successful. But the core chip comes from an Israeli company and you could argue the entire effort was a delayed reaction to what Nintendo did to expand the audience for gaming beyond the hard core player (technologies are different, but the goal was the same). Even Sony did something similar years ago, though it wasn’t as powerful and wasn’t as successful.

    • psge68

      I’d love to hear of an example when Microsoft actually lead anything. Windows wasn’t the first. Windows server wasn’t the first, Xbox wasn’t the first, Kinect wasn’t the first…need I go on. In all these areas Microsoft was significantly behind their competitors. Now they are at the very least major players and arguably THE leading player.

      That’s what Microsoft do and they have been very good at it. The whole tablet/smart phone revolution thing is just starting, Microsoft certainly need to get a move on but they do have time and they will learn from other’s mistakes.

    • Guest

      And I’d love to hear an example of one occasion post 2000 when MS managed to come back against Apple after Apple took the early lead?

    • Pedromorgan

      completly agree.
      Its shamefull.

      I was thinking about a MS tablet quite seriously this evening, and there are many things i would like to do with it that to my knowlage the current crop cant do. for example i dont like having the DVD drive spinning on my laptop so when watching a movie in bed i use the drive on my desktop and link to it via wi-fi. its great!! I would like a tablet that does that so we dont have the bulk of the laptop. but the current ones cant as far as i know.

      came up with many ideas about how i would use a tablet but cant currently. roll on W8tab…

    • GP007

      People said the same thing when netbooks hit and all they ran was Linux. Blah Blah, what’s MS doing? XP on netbooks is crap, yada yada. Now look what happened there. Seriously the tablet market is just now taking off, they’re not late to anything and I don’t understand why people think they are. If the Win8 rumors come true and we get Win8 based tablets to start 2012 that’s fine, it’s not like moving quick has helped all the Android clones out there has it? The Galaxy tab has done relativly well since it was the first real android tablet out, now we have the Xoom and it’s lookling like an overpriced joke. So what’s to blame there? It sure as hell doesn’t seem to be speed of OS dev, must be something else keeping them from not making a splash like they have with smartphones.

    • GP007

      People said the same thing when netbooks hit and all they ran was Linux. Blah Blah, what’s MS doing? XP on netbooks is crap, yada yada. Now look what happened there. Seriously the tablet market is just now taking off, they’re not late to anything and I don’t understand why people think they are. If the Win8 rumors come true and we get Win8 based tablets to start 2012 that’s fine, it’s not like moving quick has helped all the Android clones out there has it? The Galaxy tab has done relativly well since it was the first real android tablet out, now we have the Xoom and it’s lookling like an overpriced joke. So what’s to blame there? It sure as hell doesn’t seem to be speed of OS dev, must be something else keeping them from not making a splash like they have with smartphones.

    • Guest

      MS’s leadership has used the same analogy. It’s flawed and wishful thinking. Nobody with a strong consumer was backing Linux on Netbooks. Asus was an unknown to most consumers. And MS’s only disadvantage versus Linux on netbooks was their licensing cost and performance. In every other dimension (brand, user familiarity with the OS, apps, user familiarity with those apps, peripheral support, existing leverage with OEMs, etc) MS had the advantage. So they dumped the price of their license on those units and pushed XP until the hardware could support W7. It should have been a wakeup call for them that OEMs were starting to look to alternatives and they needed to streamline Windows but it wasn’t. The company patted itself on the back and announced “Mission Accomplished”.

      Tablets are totally different. They’re a paradigm shift. They leverage touch, which immediately renders MS’s historical advantage in apps moot since most aren’t optimized for that. The assault is being led by someone with a consumer brand second to none and the world’s most dominant ecosystem in iTunes/App Store. And their success with iPhone, iTouch, as well as the ease of use of iOS generally means lack of familiarity with the OS isn’t an obstacle. Apple is also now able to undercut just about everyone on price because they exert major control over the NAND and touchscreen markets and already have huge distribution advantages through iPhone and iPad, which means even if MS comes up with something decent on the OS side and convinces some OEM to drop Android and focus on it, the final product may not be able to come in lower than iPad, just as none of the other current competitors have.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Exactly… people don’t realize that none of these tablets have “replaced” laptops, desktops, etc. No adult is buying and iPad “instead of” a PC or Macbook. They are buying them “in addition to” what they already have.

      If Microsoft releases a tablet with an interface on par with iOS/HoneyComb we’re not talking about another “me too” product. We’re talking about something that people can actually replace their every day PCs with and that’s a big deal IMO.

      Not to mention that none of these tablets have addressed stylus input. Which is critical for many people.

    • Guest

      Even MS admits that some people are. So why are you denying it?

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Exactly… people don’t realize that none of these tablets have “replaced” laptops, desktops, etc. No adult is buying and iPad “instead of” a PC or Macbook. They are buying them “in addition to” what they already have.

      If Microsoft releases a tablet with an interface on par with iOS/HoneyComb we’re not talking about another “me too” product. We’re talking about something that people can actually replace their every day PCs with and that’s a big deal IMO.

      Not to mention that none of these tablets have addressed stylus input. Which is critical for many people.

    • Guest

      MS is no longer competitive. They should never have lost the tablet space to beging with far less taken this long to respond. They had a ten year head start. But just like in mobile, they blew it through lack of focus and lack of innovation.

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  • Wourelia

    I´ll think of Mr. Jobs when I´m playing Halo on my Xbox…
    I didn´t really expect anything other then bashing competitors from Apple, it´s their only strategy to survive.

    • Jhughesy

      It’s a strategy to use when you don’r really have antying impressive to show.

  • Bill Gates

    So Steve Jobs Is an Ass, what else Is new?

  • Anonymous

    *Pokes fun at the way Steve Jobs dresses* What a tramp.

  • Hush

    iPad is a toy. Don´t compare this with a tablet PC or a future Windows 8 tablet.

    iPad= Toy

    Windows tablet = Computer

    • Clueless

      That “toy” took 9 months to outsell all MS tablets shipped in the last decade.

    • Clueless

      That “toy” took 9 months to outsell all MS tablets shipped in the last decade.

    • Anonymous

      Toys are often sold in the milions. you know kids these days..

    • Clueless

      Take a look at MS’s stock price since iPad launched. Investors understand the threat even if you don’t.

    • Larry

      So what? They dont even compare or never have. Windows tablets of 2002 are ancient technology. If a Windows tablet in 2002 had the battery, mobile CPU power, power savings, 3G etc they might have been a bigger hit.

      Apple invented none on those devices, they put them together and couple it with great marketing.

      Windows 7 out sold every copy of any Apple computer OS ever and probably ever in 60 days.

    • Jhughesy

      Toys are popular. What’s your point?

    • http://www.facebook.com/zerosignal1978 Matthew Case

      This manner of response is the equivalent of sticking your head in the sand. And I’m sure Microsoft sure would like a cut of the 9+ billion dollars this “toy” generated in revenue for Apple in the past year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

      iPad = useful tool. No doubt you haven’t used one for more than a few minutes.

      Not to mention that this doesn’t change the iPad outselling every Windows Tablet PC sold since 2002 in the space of nine months, and that Microsoft won’t have a real answer until late 2012, 2.5 years after the iPad first shipped (and 1.5 years after Android 3.0). Gotta walk the walk to have a right to brag.

    • Anonymous

      we can give credit where credit is due but we all know that Apple ipad does not have the potential and capability of what a windows tablet has. Yeah it’s fun and nice and pretty but if you ever used a windows tablet for productivity and business you would know how powerful it is.

    • Anonymous

      we can give credit where credit is due but we all know that Apple ipad does not have the potential and capability of what a windows tablet has. Yeah it’s fun and nice and pretty but if you ever used a windows tablet for productivity and business you would know how powerful it is.

    • Guest

      I have an iPad, I preordered and received it on the Saturday they first shipped. I also had apps on the app store, so I think I qualify for saying I used one for “more than a few minutes.”

      FIrst, anything can be qualified as a “useful tool” if you limit the meaning of what a useful tool is. It is good for light web browsing, light email, and ebook reading. Light web browsing because it does not have flash (I know, Steve said that you don’t need flash or other plug-ins, but you do) and cannot download files, among other problems. While email has become better than when I bought my iPhone – the original, (also bought the first day they became available) there is still much it is missing. it is good as an ebook reader, as long as you don’t use Apple’s iBooks reader (GoodReader is, well, great). THe battery is good, I admit, although a year later it is obviously starting to degrade. If you limit yourself to those parameters, then yes, the iPad is a useful tool.

      For example, I bought Pages, thinking it would be a nice word processor. Instead it is about the same quality as WordPad on Windows but with spell checking. I did not expect the quality of MS Word, but $15 for something slightly better than the built-in Notes program? If WordPad is a useful tool, something that has been available for 16 years on Windows, then yes, the Pages is a useful tool.

      But for comparing it to a Windows Tablet, I once had a Toshiba Portege through work, and while it was 7 or so years ago, except for the weight it was better than my iPad. You could do real work with it. I find it highly amusing that if anybody tries to compare an iPad to a Windows Tablet, the Apple fans will yell that they are in different markets, and therefore cannot be compared. On the “neo” web site I was even told that you could not compare Windows to OSX, because OSX is only available on pre-built computers while Windows is available for any computer. But now Steve compares the the iPad to Windows, and comparisons can be made.

      The iPad is claimed to be a real computer, then bring up you can’t do software dev on it, then you can’t compare the two. The iPad can do anything, then talk about how Safari on the Mac desktop recently got plugins (after eveyone else had them for years), and they are in different classes. The iPad is equivalent to a desktop, but when you can only print using a total of 17 printer models, buying a new printer is OK. Email is wonderful, until you need to wade through all the spam mail, then it is not intended to be full featured.

      You compared sales of one product to another, and while I could make some comparisons to other related products, I don’t need to brag as you have. But my next tablet computer will be a real computer.

    • Jose

      Thank you for saying that, it wrings me memories:

      I was with IBM representatives in a room and asked them about microcomputers. Guess what they said:

      “Microcomputers are toys, our computers are real computers.”

    • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

      You realize IBM still makes a boat load of money selling “Real Computers, $99 Billion in 2010 compared to Apple $65 Billion in 2010.. You know why you don’t hear about IBM anymore? Cause what they make isn’t as sexy as an iPad.

    • Guest
  • Hush

    iPad is a toy. Don´t compare this with a tablet PC or a future Windows 8 tablet.

    iPad= Toy

    Windows tablet = Computer

  • Anonymous

    I remember wanting a tablet-style-laptop (convertible?) running Windows so bad when they were first released! But the price was crazy high and the specs were a complete joke for Windows applications. I resisted and waited. I remember Bill Gates talking about Mira (sp?) which ended up being vaporware, but actually shared a lot with the iPad. It was essentially going to be marketed as a computer companion as oppose to a replacement. Too bad it never made it to consumers.

    Courier also looked like it had a lot of promise but MS pulled the plug on that. I think MS is battling the question of how they are going to compete with the iPad now and their biggest fight is going to be the price. iPad’s specs are really not that great, yet all the software works awesome on it. Yet dual core Android devices “still lag”. Apple may be considered primarily a “hardware company” but they seem to get software pretty dang good too.

  • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

    Microsoft by now must have a real good understanding that they must bring something new and fresh to the tablet table. Rushing out an OS that pretty much only does what an iPad does, would not be attacking from a position of strength. They need to harness the huge success of their desktop OS and marry it nicely in a tablet and phone package. I want the one device that replaces all my previous devices. If I’m going to spend $700 on a tablet it better replace my laptop. By moving away from intel and more towards ARM Microsoft has now opened up the cash cow (Windows) to other CPU makers to bring the iPad type hardware. Microsoft will need to deliver more than a grid of icons and folders, Windows 8 must be Next Gen.

    • Bob

      I agree with the first half of what you said. But I’m on the fence about the need to make the tablet a PC replacement. As a power user that would appeal to me, and over time I think it’s reasonable to think they will evolve into more capable machines (iPad 2 already demonstrates that). But the big market opportunity isn’t with power users, it’s with mainstream users. And one of iPad’s biggest appeals is its simplicity. Jobs even made a comment today that Apple’s competitors are making a mistake by seeing this as the next PC market instead of a post PC market where simple and intuitive is paramount. Now he obviously has an incentive to say that, but I think he’s right that too much functionality risks making it just another PC, with all the headaches that presents for average users.

    • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

      The average user has already proven that they will buy PCs in droves. A tablet is a PC, Mr. Jobs can put whatever spin he wants on it. What is has right is the ecosystem and the mindshare. My non computer friends, don’t know what an iPad is, it is way outside of their price range. When I show them my EXOPC, they 1st thing they ask is, “is that an iPad” I say know it’s a Windows PC and they say “wow that small? I want one how much?” then their dreams come crashing down when I tell them the price. Microsoft must deliver a next generation UI, it’s time for a change. Microsoft needs to create a new ECO-System around Tablet Applications, they need to copy Apple like they did with Windows Phone, but just like Windows Phone they need to bring something fresh and new to the scene. But most importantly, they need to figure out how their hardware partners can build these new tablets at Netbook prices. $300 Windows 8 Tablet that changes Apples Tune in a hurry.

    • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

      The average user has already proven that they will buy PCs in droves. A tablet is a PC, Mr. Jobs can put whatever spin he wants on it. What is has right is the ecosystem and the mindshare. My non computer friends, don’t know what an iPad is, it is way outside of their price range. When I show them my EXOPC, they 1st thing they ask is, “is that an iPad” I say know it’s a Windows PC and they say “wow that small? I want one how much?” then their dreams come crashing down when I tell them the price. Microsoft must deliver a next generation UI, it’s time for a change. Microsoft needs to create a new ECO-System around Tablet Applications, they need to copy Apple like they did with Windows Phone, but just like Windows Phone they need to bring something fresh and new to the scene. But most importantly, they need to figure out how their hardware partners can build these new tablets at Netbook prices. $300 Windows 8 Tablet that changes Apples Tune in a hurry.

    • Bob

      .They didn’t have a viable alternative before. Now one exists, at least for a large segment of users. I agree on the need for the new UI. I also agree on the importance of MS developing an ecosystem and not just an OS. That’s key, but it’s also going to be very difficult because Apple is years ahead and has already sewn up many of the important tablet-related content deals. MS will find itself in the WP7 dilemma; show us the volume and we’ll sign up, but without the apps and content you can’t drive the volume.

      A $300 Windows 8 tablet would be a game changer, but I don’t think it’s realistic with MS’s current model. Unlike Apple, most of their sales flow through OEMs who in turn work primarily through retailers and resellers (Dell being more direct but even then doing some of that). Which means MS + OEM would have to deliver a $150-$200 W8 tablet in order for it to sell to consumers for $300. I don’t think that’s possible. Maybe MS could do something different with Nokia given the recent announcement. Nokia is one of the few companies in the world with the sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution skills to rival Apple in the consumer market.

    • http://www.rwalrond.com RWalrond

      Yeah I agree, that $300 will be a tough number to hit. I also agree, Microsoft needs to leverage Nokia in this battle, together they can cause a distruption in both the phone and tablet space.
      Hmmm, time will tell.

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Enjoy the jokes while you can, Jobs, because Microsoft will dominate the tablet market:
    http://www.timacheson.com/Blog/2011/jan/windows_will_dominate_tablets

    The iPad and Android tablets are essentially phones with giant screens. They are toys in comparison to a full-power PC in tablet form. iPad 2 is just iPad 1 but thinner and slightly less slow.

    Apple unveils iPad 2 (Yawn)
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/03/apple-unveils-ipad-2-yawn.html

    iPad 2: An underwhelming launch
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/pda/2011/mar/02/apple-ipad-steve-jobs

  • hiint

    I assume they will have another source for memory on the next go around because;
    after securing approximately $8 billion in displays and memory chips from Samsung,
    you then slam Samsung for their tab entry?!

    Apple, you may toot your numbers, but your providers may some day not give a hoot about you.

    I will always be a firm believer that Apple would not exist today if it was not for the likes of specifically XEROX. Add the line to those T-shirts, “…not invented here!”, right above, “..done that, been there..”.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    It’s just so frustrating, time and again. Mostly because the iPad and the iPhone/Pod Touch are showing up everywhere. They’re in schools, both K-12 and higher ed. They’re in the workplace where CEOs are now even using them to run PowerPoints and review meeting notes. They’re in the home being used to watch Netflix and browse the web, in place of a netbook or PC. The truth is that the $500 entry point is close enough to the $500 desktop PC, or $600 laptop that people would rather have a small, portable, “hip” product rather than yet another “computer” in the house or the office. Some people will even eat the difference between an iPad and a $200 netbook to have it be their PC companion.

    The problem is that with Apple invading this market so rapidly (as they did with smartphones), it is making it harder and harder to continue to avoid Apple products. I remember in 2007 when only a few people were willing to spend $500 or $600 (unsubsidized) and step back to GSM service (when 3G was becoming the norm), ironically for one of the most data-hungry smartphones ever made. Today, I can’t walk into a Walmart or an office without seeing one of those black slabs with the fruit on the back glued to somebody’s ear or see them swiping away at the thing as they walk into walls and trip on cracks in the sidewalk.

    That being said, I never wanted an iPhone. I held out for over 3 years, primarily with a non-touch, Blackberry-like Motorola Q9h that ran Windows Mobile 6.1. Quality-wise, it is one of the best phones I’ve ever owned. The software is just dated, though. It was hard to get apps like Twitter and Foursquare for Windows Mobile touch, let alone the non-touch version. Nobody even made a Foursquare app for it. Not a single ISV.

    And I never wanted an Android phone. While I appreciate the quasi-open-source nature of Android and the lack of OS lock-down that the iPhone is so famous for. Carriers still lock down Android, but from what I’ve seen it is removable without the risk of breaking too much or having a patch brick the phone, as is not always the case with iPhone jailbreaks. I just can’t live with the thought of Google conquering another market where they can steal your data without you knowing (Wi-Fi trucks, anyone?) and push more “free” services as though there isn’t really a price.

    So no, I didn’t want those despite the fact that now in 2011 (and even last year), it just feels like everyone except me has one. I always wanted a Microsoft product: a better Windows Phone. Now it’s here and I have to wonder, will it be possible to have a better Microsoft tablet? Microsoft seems much more committed to Windows Phone than it has shown toward tablets lately. I’m not sure why. Courier should have at least made it further than a simple mockup video. Maybe we do need a tablet running the Windows Phone 7 OS? I’m not sure, but I’m just tired of waiting and waiting and waiting… It feels like the rest of the world is moving on without Microsoft, and nobody else misses them. Meanwhile, Microsoft is moving at a snail’s pace. I just wish they would stop playing the Apple secrecy game, get out on a stage like the old days and tell us precisely what’s coming and when. If Apple and Google are going to be the only options in this world as time moves on, I’m going back to a tablet that’s actually made out of stone. And I just hope people begin to realize the true cost of using Apple and Google products, it’s not monetary though. It’s the loss of control over the product you buy and the loss of privacy over the information you used to be able to protect.

  • Traipsed

    I’m bookmarking this nonsense for later. iPad 2 will blow everything else out of the water, and sell double what it did in 2010.

  • 10_26

    The only person I’ve heard who wanted an iPad is someone I know who is computer illiterate. In fact, that is the reason he wanted one, it is a simple limited device. Personally, I feel my iPod Touch is way better that the iPad because I can stick it my pocket where the iPad is just too big for what little it does but to each his own and now that I have a WP7 my iPod just sits in its cradle.

  • http://twitter.com/EJ1024 EJ

    MSFT is probably making money off this ipad 2, msft started all this, Apple is the copy cat.
    Jobs should be nice, people gave him standing ovation when his skinny ASS showed up on the stage

  • Anonymous

    Windows tablets will get a massive number of apps, Android have beaten iOS, and honestly before WP7 i would choose Android, Google have been in search business for years, more than a decade i guess, Microsoft too but take a look at bing it’s a new product and it’s making Google mad, Microsoft can do the same with mobiles and tablets, and even though tablets will come after WP7 but it will grow faster than it, and about mobiles Nokia-Microsoft deal, it will help Microsoft, everyone is talking about US but take a look at middle east, i live in Egypt, 90% of people use Nokia, my father, mother and sister use Nokia lol, Egyptians prefer what they have used before instead of trying new devices and they totally trust Nokia, then mobiles aren’t as cheap as US here, iPhone costs 5000 L.E here which is about $1000 and oh i know what you’re thinking about, it’s unlocked… no it isn’t, only Nokia can bring smartphones to Egypt for a price Egyptians can afford, not just Egyptians but the whole middle east and i think it’s the same with South Americ and most of Asia