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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Microsoft developers horrified over Windows 8 preview – June 13, 2011
More good news for Apple: Microsoft previews Windows 8 (with video) – June 1, 2011


  1. Steve Jobs once said that he is as proud of the many things that Apple HASN’T done as is the few things that they have.

    Trying to be all things to all people usually means you end up being nothing to no-one.

  2. This is just another opportunity for Microsoft to create (yet another) version of Windows, called WinTab (that’s what we’ll call it, Microsoft will call it Windows Tablet 8 ME CE Professional Lite). The interface will be a large window pane, broken into four quadrants (just like a real window!), each quadrant filled with tabs! Because WinTab doesn’t need apps, it just needs Tabs (not Tiles, that’s Windows Phone 7). Amazing new technology! Just tap a Tab, and BAM! you get transported to whatever function you wanted to do, like see what time it is.

  3. MS still thinks that Office and Windows form their ticket to mobile nerdvana.

    They were wrong 10 years ago and 200 million iUsers later, they are still wrong.

  4. Bold statement!!

    Is this Microsoft backing the Tablet as a computer? If so, should all the iPads be counted as PC’s with the results shown in the hardware section?

    The facts continue to mount in a never ending line of Apple supporting moves by Ballmer. This could be a historic unknown takeover of Microsoft by it’s corporate reveal Apple.

    Mr Jobs looked at the live show of Ballmer on night on the cable TV and just thought what he wanted Ballmer to do. From that night forward Ballmer has marched to Steve’s secret plan- destroy from within.

    Bye, bye Steve Jobs Microbot!!

    Actually Sell, sell…

  5. Andy Lees? the guy who killed SideKick because it was outshining Windows? Microsoft’s tablet debacle is its karma for what it did to Go Corp’s Penpoint tablets.

  6. “We view a tablet as a PC”

    And that’s why Windows Tablet PCs have always sold like utter dog shit. It’s also why the iPad was able to dominate the market overnight.

    Thank you for never learning, Microsoft. Thank you.

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