State of the Tablet (iPad, Xoom, HP, BlackBerry, Win 8)
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Microsoft Windows is a series of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft . Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). [ 2 ] Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal computer market with over 90% market share , overtaking Mac OS , which had been introduced in 1984. The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 8 ; the most recent mobile client version is Windows Phone 8 ; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2012 .
Microsoft will release a tablet-oriented version of Windows no sooner than 2012, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Despite Steve Ballmer's bombastic statements in July last year, when he said Microsoft is "hardcore" about tablets and that we can expect "a lot" of Windows-based tablets by the end of 2010, none of the tablets that actually did hit the stores made any significant impact on the market. The reasons for this are quite clear: Windows 7 simply isn't optimized for use with modern tablets with finger-based input. Remember the long, painful transition from Windows Mobile 6 to Windows Phone 7 ? Once again, it will take time for Microsoft to deliver the user experience it needs to be able to compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Honeycomb.
Whether or not Windows 7 has a place on tablets or not, it isn’t stopping some brave companies from releasing consumer-oriented slate computers running Redmond’s latest operating system. Today, IN MEDIA announced the release of the uncreatively named “Windows 7 Tablet PC”. Powered by a 1.66GHZ Intel Atom processor, the tablet sports an HDMI interface, a forward-facing camera, an 11 1⁄4 by 6 inch LCD screen, built-in eReader functionality and a 160GB hard drive. IN Media CEO Nick Karnik in a press statement touted the device’s ability to play Flash videos, too.
I thought we’d get a Hello Kitty tablet before anything else, but today Onkyo Japan has announced a Snoopy-themed Windows tablet [JP, PDF] for the local market (Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, to be more exact). Buyers will get a rebranded Onkyo device with a Snoopy drawing on the back, a Snoopy stylus, and a special “Peanuts” case. Onkyo also throws in a set of special screensavers, Snoopy wallpapers, icons, a Snoopy calendar etc. Technically, the tablet features a 10.1-inch LCD with 1,024×600 resolution, an Atom N450 CPU (1.66GHz), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, two USB slots, an SD card slot, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and a web cam.
According to Bloomberg, sources at Microsoft state that the company will be making a very late tablet push, unveiling a dedicated tablet operating system sometime next year (2012). With Apple announcing its entry-level priced iPad 2 and with a host of Android competitors like Samsung and Motorola releasing higher-powered, more expensive entries, the tablet market is on fire. The competition is particularly fierce on the operating system side where Apple has poured a great deal of effort to make iOS better suited for a large-screen device.
Following on from comments made by Steve Ballmer earlier this week Business Week is reporting that Microsoft won't be releasing a Windows 8 tablet until early 2012. Citing "people with knowledge of the plans" it is also said that Microsoft will begin public testing of the OS later this year, which is in-line with Ballmer's comments. It seems like a sure sign that tablets are taking over the personal computing market as a lot of the talk surrounding the next version of the Windows Operating system has been focused on Microsoft's tablet plans. With 2011 set to be a fierce tablet battlefield all signs point to Microsoft turning up late though hopefully it will be well suited for battle when it does arrive. With Android poised as the main competitor with some key devices set to be released over the coming months Apple will find the market share balance shifting significantly.
Tabletex. Yep, that's what we're calling this year's Computex since you truly cannot go a few steps on the show floor without stumbling upon a new tablet of some kind. If you've been reading our coverage for the past few days, you know that Intel and Microsoft didn't show up in Taipei empty handed -- both of their booths are incredibly well stocked with new slates. Most of them, which range from early prototypes to quite functional, have 10-inch displays, run Windows 7 Premium and pack Intel Atom Z or N series processors -- in essence they're very much netbooks sans the keyboard panel. There are way too many of them to count, but don't you worry, we've rounded up some details and shots of the most appealing ones on display here at the show. Follow on after the break for a look at some of the newest Wintel tablets.
As Windows 8 Milestone 3 begins, there are reports that Microsoft may demo the OS on tablets this June. Zoom Previous reports have indicated that Windows 8 will be modular in nature, allowing Microsoft to remove portions of the OS that's not required for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Now there's talk that Microsoft plans to show its tablet version of Windows 8 by the end of its fiscal year in June. The news arrived by way of an unnamed source claiming that Microsoft plans to take a more Apple-like approach to interface design. It will also borrow from Windows Phone 7 by incorporating various concepts from the "Metro" interface.
As I watch the Tablet Revolution, 2011 Edition unfold, I'm struck by the similarities to the first go-round of tablets a decade ago. As before, PC manufacturers are largely focusing on vertical markets in enterprise applications for Windows-based tablets. But this time, in doing so, the industry may be missing the point of why Windows tablets may be desirable outside the business realm.
From the start of this year, it became apparent that the next 12 months would be a busy time for tablet and smartphone releases, and one such device waiting for its turn would be the BlackBerry PlayBook . The tablet which has been talked about since September last year, looks like it may be with us sooner than expected. The 7-inch LCD Playbook running on QNX OS packs a big specification listing including a huge battery of 5,300 mAh, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, available in 3 storage capacity from 16GB through to 64GB, 2 cameras front and rear, benefit of 3G or 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and so on. The market for tablet devices is hotting up with the highly anticipated iPad 2 set to release from March 11, with a lighter, thinner design along with new and existing features. To get a clearer comparison of the PlayBook, iPad 2 plus competitors Xoom and TouchPad, click here .
The BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet computer made by BlackBerry . [ 1 ] It was first released for sale on April 19, 2011, in Canada and the United States. The PlayBook is the first device to run BlackBerry Tablet OS , based on QNX Neutrino , and runs apps developed using Adobe AIR . [ 2 ] It was later announced that the BlackBerry Tablet OS would be merged with the existing BlackBerry OS to produce a new operating system, BlackBerry 10 , that would be used universally across BlackBerry's product line. A second major revision to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS was released in February 2012. [ 3 ] The PlayBook also supports Android OS applications, allowing them to be sold and installed through the BlackBerry App World store. [ 4 ] Early reviews were mixed saying that although the hardware was good, several features were missing.
Citing an anonymous source close to the company, technology blog Boy Genius Report has reported the Research in Motion PlayBook, the company's long-anticipated entry into the tablet market, will be released on April 10. If true, that would mean the RIM device would launch just a month after Apple releases its iPad 2, which the company recently announced would be available to consumers on March 11.
Both HP and RIM are to release their tablet devices to the market soon, and if you were to take the branding of each device, you could easily mistake them from one another. There have suggestions that the BlackBerry PlayBook has borrowed a number of elements from the webOS is to run HP’s TouchPad, which would certainly lead to tablet confusion. Having said that, there is one major difference, the size.
It’s official. Palm’s new WebOS device is called the Touchpad. It has a 9.7-inch screen, front 1.3-megapixel camera, and comes in 16 or 32GB models. It runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor processor and the screen resolution is 1024×768. Designed by the “hundreds of talented programmers” on the WebOS team, the TouchPad is HP’s second slate of the new decade, the first being the HP Slate 500 .