Microsoft's 'Windows' Monopoly Is Now At Risk!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Microsoft's Windows Monopoly Now At Risk As Tablet Market Sprouts Without It

    Microsoft's plans to enter tablet computing just took two steps backwards, and now it has no obvious challenger in the race with Apple's iPad.

    The latest: Microsoft shut down its experimental Courier tablet project.

    And HP, which just bought Palm and its WebOS, decided to kill its Windows 7-based Slate, TechCrunch reports.

    This is terrible news for Microsoft. Windows is Microsoft's biggest profit driver, and if the consumer computing industry moves toward tablet computing -- where Microsoft is quickly becoming a nobody -- it could be in trouble.

    How did Microsoft lose so much so fast?

    HP was dissatisfied with Windows as a tablet operating system, according to TechCrunch. Instead it will look at using Google Android, as well as its newly acquired WebOS. And the Courier just wasn't up to snuff. The era of touch devices that use styluses has long passed.

    This leaves Microsoft with just ASUS, MSI, and a few other PC makers as potential tablet computing partners. And those companies are also working on Android flavored tablets as well. (Dell appears to be leaning toward Android.)

    If HP didn't think Windows 7 was fit for a tablet, we hardly see ASUS or MSI producing a good tablet with Windows.

    The early indication for tablets is that a mobile operating system is the best basis for them. It's lightweight, so it can run quickly and efficiently in the lighter hardware of a tablet.

    And because mobile phones are much more touch-focused than desktop computers, it seems a mobile OS could be more easily configured for tablet-sized touch computing.

    To be sure, Microsoft has a new mobile operating system in the works that looks impressive. It could potentially be good for tablet computing. But Microsoft hasn't put it on phones for sale yet. That's expected by year end.

    By the time it gets its new mobile OS on a phone, Apple will working on the SECOND version of the iPad. Microsoft, meanwhile, will probably not have its FIRST tablet out yet.

    So, Microsoft is watching its two biggest rivals -- Apple and Google -- enter into the new big computing space while it sits on the sidelines. That's not where it wanted to be. :nana:
  2. coachw1

    coachw1 Regular Member

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    i feel like tablets are a fad. but who knows.

    let me know when every single business in the world is going to sit their employees down in an office and give them little ipads instead of desktops running windows.

    I know 1 person that owns an Ipad..and i know A LOT of people lol

    also take a look at the xbox 360 and the success of windows 7. Microsoft always has the ability to come back from behind and end up kicking serious ass or reclaiming the throne. their staying power and ability to fix their mistakes has allowed them to stay competitive even today with Google and Apple (apple is pretty much a slight footnote on Microsoft's historical dominance)
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2010