Microsoft exec says no WIndows Phone ’07 for tablets: ‘We view a tablet as a PC’

“Microsoft’s Windows Phone president Andy Lees at the Worldwide Partners Conference once again tried to shoot down hopes for tablets based on Windows Phone 7,” Electronista reports.

“The use of the mobile OS would be ‘in conflict’ with Microsoft’s notion of having the full speed of a computer in any design, including truly mobile tablets. He insisted that users would want to do PC-style activities on a tablet and saw Windows 8’s networking and printing support as being important,” Electronista reports. “‘We view a tablet as a PC,’ Lees said.”

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Electronista reports, “A focus on PC features has so far done little to improve Microsoft’s share. Windows was once the only real tablet platform but was almost immediately eclipsed by the iPad, which went on to outsell Windows Tablet PC’s lifetime sales in just nine months. In early 2011, 99 percent of tablets were non-Windows devices.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What we wrote on June 1st works just as well today: Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).

By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare. Perhaps Microsoft will someday put some scare into Google’s Android/Chrome OS, but only time – and a lot of it when measured in tech time – will tell. We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.

From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.

Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder). Is Microsoft giving up on backwards compatibility? If so, people might as well get the Mac they always wanted. If not, then Microsoft’s unwilling to do what it takes to really attempt to keep up with the likes of Apple or even Apple’s followers. No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”

As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.

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    1. Once again Ballmer demonstrates his unorthodox skill at cloning the right type of person at the right time to further erode Microsoft’s clout and prestige.

  1. I wonder if Microsoft will consider “tablets as PC’s” when they are counted as part of Apple’s computer market share, or when iOS surpasses the installed base of Windows.

    1. Agreed! An iOS device can get back any OS X feature by just not stripping it out. iOS is a subset of OS X. Apple just adds the software routine back in. Microsoft never started from scratch like Steve Jobs did at NEXT with UNIX. Apple dropped the OS9 and moved on to OS X now with it’s stripped out iOS.

      Ballmer can’t get there with Windows and count or don’t count iOS devices. They still are killing your old school Windows OS.

    2. iOS has already surpassed Windows in market share.

      In Q3 2011 (the current quarter for which Apple will release its results next Tuesday) will show Apple has sold to consumers approximately 10 million more iOS devices (iPad+iPhone+iPod) than Microsoft has shoved Windows 7 licenses into the channel (24.75 million). Add Mac OS X, Android, and Linux into the mix and the market share of all flavors of Windows could be down in the mid-30s.

    1. That’s very true! A Windows 8 tablet will have a HUGE head start in the “number of apps” stat, because there are so many of those “helpful” utilities that already exist.

  2. windows desktop overloads (the guys who make the billions for msft) will never let the windows mobile guys (pitiful profits or losses) usurp them. They have sabotaged or poorly supported every win mo initiative: look at the long line of stuff that gone nowhere or died off : win ce, windows mobile, Danger, Pink, Zune, Zune Phone, Courier, Kin, WP7 etc (some of these os’ are interlinked but I’m too confused to untangle the mess).

    windows 8 will be disaster: they’ve announced they’ll support all kinds of legacy hardware and software and then also use it for tablets…

    Turf war vs common sense.

  3. Successful corporations are those that have the capacity to learn – learn from past mistakes, learn from consumer habits, learn from the mistakes of others, learn from history; anything really, just learn.

    Microsoft achieved its success by the accident of a burgeoning PC industry, licensing DOS to IBM and basically the stupidity of IBM managers not making the OS exclusive to its platform and then later copying the GUI from Apple which by that time was run by a sugar water salesman who didn’t know how to defend its IP and sold it off too cheaply. 

    But Microsoft as a learning organisation is sorely lacking, at least until Baldy is ousted and someone with vision takes over. It’s been proven over a period of 10 years that consumers are simply not interested in a tablet that runs full blown Windows. The sales numbers have been underwhelming and yet Microsoft persists in its delusion of launching a tablet with Windows 8 layered on top. 

    For all of Ballmer’s bluster, there’s one thing for sure – delusion runs deep in his bald head. This time he won’t be able to bulldoze the opposition aside like he did with desktop Windows. Another fail by Microsoft. 

  4. “‘We view a tablet as a PC,’ Lees said.”

    Sounds like Lees needs to look up the definition of insanity. You know, the one about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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