RUMOR: Microsoft working on own Windows 8 tablet iPad killer

“Microsoft may be hoping to more directly challenge Apple with a self-branded Windows 8 tablet, part suppliers asserted in a rumor on Tuesday,” Electronista reports.

“The company would collaborate directly with TI, possibly using its 1.8GHz OMAP4470 chip, and brand it much the way the company has the Xbox 360 or Zune,” Electronista reports. “The company was said by Digitimes to be keeping a ‘low profile,’ in part to give it the opportunity to scrap the project without much attention.”

Electronista reports, “While Microsoft had no reservations competing in the MP3 player space with the Zune, negating third-party hardware that had already been failing to compete with the iPod, a move into designing its own tablet PC would be challenging its core business. PC manufacturers aren’t expected to react in the short term but would likely balk knowing that Microsoft would favor its own hardware in marketing Windows 8… The iPad has been a sore point for Microsoft. It had pushed Windows-based tablet PCs for eight years but, in nine months, had seen Apple outsell every Windows tablet ever made.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Stillborn.


    1. Like “cargo cults” — based on the idea that if one makes a runway and wears coconut shell headphones, planes will magically arrive loaded with riches — MS (and others) believe that marketing a tablet alone (with no iTunes-like ecosystem) will bring success.

    2. Actually, the Zune is awsome and better than the iPod in every way. I’m not sure about the touch base devices or Windows phone because I use Android, but the Windows tablet runs a full OS, and it will smash the competition because of that. Install anything, run full Java, yeah I’ll take that. I just hope the hard drive limit issue gets addressed.

  1. Well, I guess all those iPad killer they had images of must not have panned out. I guess it takes longer to actually build the device than to get a Solidworks / Photoshop version out.

    Maybe this iPad killer will actually be tested and not kownloaded the the pictures folder / iPhoto!!

  2. With respect to iKillers, I’d like to ask Microsoft one question: what happened to your iPod killer? Has it been squirted into the trash bin that’s kept under Ballmer’s big assed table in his office?

    1. When Microsoft came out with its own Zune MP3 players, it completely killed its partners in the Play-for-Sure cabal and handed the keys to Apple to the MP3 kingdom. Now it is repeating the same mistake with its Window 8 tablets; and surely potential partners will not want to touch Microsoft with a barge pole after the Play-for-Sure’s fiasco. Microsoft is
      between a rock and a hard place; and in both places Microsoft will lose.

  3. OK, so this has to be the biggest MDN joke of the day. maybe of the week. maybe of the month. and in the running for all 2011.

    actually, tho, Electronista does not use the word “killer” in its headline.

  4. I hope they spend a few billions on this project, put truckloads in all the stores, have some weird advertising, and have it go down in flames like they have come to do so well.

    You have to give them credit. They keep coming back, not realizing that it’s all over.

    It’s just a flesh wound.

      1. WWCF

        World Wide Chair Fighting, or:

        Survivor, Redmond. Two thieves and a used car salesman fight off the viruses and bloat of Redmond to see who wins the million dollars.

        1. or LOST…
          …and microsoft are the Others. They have been in the mobile space since it started, but have been forgotten long ago leaving behind only relics and mythology.

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