“The New York Times has detailed ‘rumors’ of upcoming Windows ‘slates’ that will be shown off by Steve Ballmer at CES next month,” Charlie Sorrel writes for Wired. “Just like last year. And again like last year, it seems that Microsoft still hasn’t got a clue about tablets.”
“According to the Times, ‘Microsoft hopes these slates will offer an alternative to the iPad because they move beyond play, people familiar with the tablets said,'” Sorrel writes. “And how will Microsoft differentiate its brand-new slate offering from Apple’s hugely successful iPad? By using a tablet-optimized and touchscreen-centric version of Microsoft’s new… Windows Phone 7 mobile OS? Nope. By using a desktop OS, and slapping a skin on top. Again.”
Sorrel writes, “Microsoft’s future is looking a lot like IBM’s when Microsoft ate its lunch years ago: It’ll still be a big, big business company, but the general public will no longer be buying its wares (Xbox aside).”
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