Microsloth: We’ve decided to release ‘Windows for tablets’ years too late

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, won’t release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said,” Ian King and Dina Bass report for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Morbid ineptitude. And those who feel compelled to mention Google Android-based tablets in the same breath as Apple’s iPad, as if they’re somehow equals, only make themselves look foolish and uninformed.

King and Bass continue, “Public testing of a new version of Windows will begin at the end of this year with partners and customers, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans haven’t been disclosed publicly.”

MacDailyNews Take: Why bother? It won’t matter. And, by the way, Microsoft has had a “Windows for tablets” on the market for the last decade now. But, of course, without Apple showing them what to do, it was all wrong. So, now Microsoft is back at the copiers with iPads in hand. It’s too late already, dummies. Again. It’s iPod and Zune redux. Microsoft is a failure. They got lucky once with a bad Apple contract when Steve Jobs wasn’t there to mind the store that allowed them to copy the Mac OS forever. That luck is rapidly running out.

King and Bass report, “‘If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle,’ said Michael Gartenberg, a New Jersey-based analyst for research firm Gartner Inc. ‘It’s not a good position to be in.’ A 2012 debut for Microsoft would likely put it up against a third-generation iPad from Apple… Mark Martin, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, declined to comment.”

MacDailyNews Take: Mark probably didn’t decline to comment, he likely didn’t hear the question being too busy staring blankly at the wall of his cubicle or playing meaningless internal Microsoft politics, just like most Microsoft drones. Mark, the company your work for is failing. Microsoft is looking like they’re well on their way to becoming the Atari of 2020. Get out while the getting is still semi-good.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The amount that Microsoft sucks is now becoming clear to almost everybody. Even the corporate IT doofuses are starting to get an inkling.


  1. ““Public testing of a new version of Windows will begin at the end of this year with partners and customers, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans haven’t been disclosed publicly.””

    .. said people who declined to be identified for fear of being ridiculed endlessly for even considering this technology.

  2. There’s speculation that the next generation of iPad might even make it before the end of this year (for the holiday season). On such a compressed schedule, Microsoft may end up competing against 4th gen iPad by the time they’re ready!!!

    That a company with such massive resources and capacity to attract talent is so inept is simply mind boggling.

      1. Agreed. But not only will the iPad 3 be out by then, it will have reached full production capability and marketing power. People won’t even notice that “Windows for tablets” is out.

        Plus, I give Microsoft about a 1:1,000,000,000,000 chance that it actually ships “Windows for tablets” in time for back-to-school 2012.

  3. Probably the saddest, most uninformed commentary I’ll read all year…

    “The amount that Microsoft sucks is now becoming clear to almost everybody. Even the corporate IT doofuses are starting to get an inkling.”

    Nice, MDN. So blinded by MAC’s shiny, overpriced and proprietary toys for smug elitists you fail to see the reality of Microsoft’s dominance and relevance. The IT guys where I work just informed me new Dell laptops are on the way for the accounting department, plus ultra-portable Dell tablets are being thrown in for the sales team. They call it the Streak. I’m sure the guys can’t wait to use and show off Microsoft-based tablets in the field. Next to a dumpy, still-can’t-get-it-right-on-the-third-try I-Pad these Windows tablets should be pretty slick.

    1. @Zune Tang

      You’re such a troll I shouldn’t bother to respond. But, in the hope that it will ruin your day, I just wanted to let you know that the Dell Streak tablets run Android v2.2. They don’t even run Honeycomb, let alone any sort of Windows Tablet OS vaporware. LOL!

      Have fun showing off your “Microsoft based tablets in the field”, now that you know they’re running an OS made by Microsoft’s arch enemy.

      1. Nothing brightens my workday like someone being pulled in by a Zune Tang post. It’s like when people think Colbert is actually a conservative.

  4. Monkey see, monkey do!

    Unfortunately they’ll be 30 months behind, iOs will be king, Android will be a healthy alternative and Microsoft, Palm and RIM will be fighting over the crumbs.

  5. MS and Intel’s backwards (and I DO mean backwards) compatibility finally bit them in the proverbial behind.
    With the iPod, I always felt that MS would have had a chance if someone with half-a-brain had been in charge.
    But now, with the iPad, they are simply too far behind in every important facet of the product and the ecosystem.

  6. @Zunetang
    Hey, glad to see you are still with us! You must have had a really big glass of “the MS koolaid” this morning? Keep up the hilarious posts in defense of a lost cause, they always give us a chuckle.

  7. The login is not working for me. I signed in with the WordPress stuff, but I still have to type in the Name and Email to comment.

    Any ideas about why this is happening?

  8. For some reason, Microsoft thinks it meeds to have a product in every market. They even made watches for a while. Now Microsoft is obsessed with producing a me-too product for everything Apple makes. There are two problems with that. The first problem is that a me-too product is always one generation behind, especially when you are copying a company that doesn’t divulge competitive information about its future plans. The second problem is that imitation is not just a form of flattery, it’s also a form of endorsement.

    Why buy a Microsoft knock-off of Apple’s last-generation product when you can the current version of the real thing now?

  9. Ironically, Apple will be the company that proves Bill Gates’ prognostication. Remember, Gates is the one that believed tablets were the future, he just needed Apple to show him what a tablet was.

  10. That’ll work out great for Microsoft. Apple will be on their 3rd or 4th generation iPad by then. Microsoft will finally be ready to take credit for inventing the tablet PC market and be in a solid position to lead from three and-a-half years behind the rest of the industry.

    Sounds like a great place to start from.

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