Consumers Are Over Windows on Tablets, Says Report

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bobthegoat2001

I love my tablet PC, it seems like they're phasing them out as I can't find them anymore on HP's website. They were one of the main people making them. And I'm not talking about the WebOS/Android/iOS tablets, tablet PC’s that are actually laptops, but with a swivel touch screen. The stylus pen is actually pretty amazing, it touch sensitive (good for drawing), has an eraser and is a lot easier than the little pad you normally have to use on laptops, especially for the internet.

I’m glad I customized mine when I ordered it; it’s an Intel i5 quad core, 500gb HDD and an ATI 5450 graphics. The only problem is when it’s time to upgrade, I don’t know if they’ll still have real tablet PC’s.

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Holly Golightly

Problem is that Microsoft is too slow to do anything. They were too slow in launching the Zune. They were too slow in refresh their mobile platform. And they are too slow to bring forth their latest OS with their tablets. I think what is turning people off is the rumored price. Judging by the past... Intel and Microsoft have been known to charge steep prices for their products. If I had to guess, I would assume the Windows 8 slates will have an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and an SSD with a screen that is 16x9. It seems almost stereotypical. Then you got these annoying stickers from both companies that may void warranty if removed. I can imagine the price of these tablets to be about $1,000... This is judging by the past Windows 7 Tablets which are the Dell Latitude ST and the HP Slate 500. Hopefully things will change for the better.

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ApathyCurve

I agree.  MS has become the proverbial lumbering giant and is in danger of missing the boat on the entire 21st century at the rate they're moving.  Each OS release is just a minor tweaking of the previous iteration, (despite the full price tag), and they've recently taken to completely remaking the interface of Office, (despite everyone on the planet telling them it's a Really Bad Idea). 

Personally, I think Google is positioning themselves nicely to branch out Android and cloud-based applications into a MS-slaying David.  Google may actually succeed where all the basement-dwelling Linux fanboys have failed over the last 20 years.  Change is in the wind, and it's about damned time, I sez.  If I weren't a gamer, Windows would have been banned from my computers a decade ago.

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jonnyohio

I gave up on a windows tablet awhile back and ended up buying an iPad...I bought an android one last year....not sure if I would bother getting a windows one next year if they come out with one. Still there might be a future for it.

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glamdring

Personally I'm not into the tablet market at all, prices need to drop. It's just a big toy, my cell phone can do all I need to in a small package. My uses for a tablet would be so limited, most of what I would use it for is far better done on my laptop or desktop when at home.

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jonnyohio

You would be surprised at how much you would pick it up and use it around the house. I use my iPad daily....in fact I am using it right now. My laptop died a few months back and now that I have this I just dont see me getting one again. I can take it with me on the go and even remote desktop to my pc if a client calls and needs something done/fixed ASAP. There are tons of casual games and apps and the larger screen is great....sure you would still take your phone instead of the larger tablet in most situations but for longer trips and around the house or a visit to a friends house the tablet is fine to 'lug' around.

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kixofmyg0t

I rarely use my computer anymore. I'm using my Xoom to not only type this but 95% of what I need a computer for.

Tablets are pretty handy if you look at them for what they are, not just "a bigger cell phone".

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glamdring

I'm not putting down the ability at all, in fact I know people who have legitimate uses for them. Personally I don't have any medium work load that would be ideal for a tablet. As it is the laptop doesn't come out often, I love my monster of a desktop that eats everything up. Not only is it faster and more comfortable to use, other than web browsing most computer related functions I do are to heavy for the tablet.

Now if I saw a nice tablet, not cheap low end hardware, for about $150 I would snatch one up just to use when going home for my breaks off college and what not. I can see many places I would love to have one, but in every case it doesn't equate to the price tag on them right now. They are getting close, things like the Kindle Fire may be limited, but almost everything I would want and are $199 so it may not be to much longer before I grab one.

Light gaming is a good time killer, but if I'm not sitting waiting for my plane or something I like to play big games that take a decent graphics processor.

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Alex_2.1

I completely agree with you.

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firefox91

Unless a Windows 8 tablet could actually run PC applications, I really think they did miss the boat. I recently got in to Android on both the smartphone and tablet levels and I am blown away by it. I love Andrioid and I just don't see Microsoft catchin up on this. Just look at the Windows phone for perspective. Too little, too late.

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Biceps

As far as I can tell, Microsoft has pretty much missed the boat on every single type of technology except the Windows OS, the Xbox and their Office apps.  Seems like everything else they have done at a consumer level was poorly planned, WAY too late (like by years) or showed no understanding of what consumers want.  Just sayin'.

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Slugbait

There were quite a few operating systems before DOS/Windows, and MS wrote OS/2. I think Xbox was LAST on the boat. WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 pwned the productivity world for years.

And as far as everything else, their tools have always been well regarded, and some would argue MS wouldn't still exist without them. IE had no users at first, but at one point was at 90%. MSN Messenger had no users going up against AIM, and now almost no one uses AIM anymore. The scroll wheel and the optical mouse were both introduced by MS, and some of their other input devices were pretty good too. They don't do games anymore, but not because games was a disaster.

There are other examples, but hey, just sayin'.

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philipa25

The original X-box was a late entry compared to Sony and Nintendo, but Consoles are a different beast as the market basically resets every 4-5 years or so.  Also it would have basically failed if Microsoft didn't have rediculous money to put behind it as I don't think they make any real money on it until a few years ago.

 

Also with the examples you used IE and MSN messanger both lost popularity because Microsoft was so slow to update them and let the competion fly by them.

 

I'm still not buying into this as a full fledged Windows OS is still way better than where ios and android are at.

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Slugbait

You forgot to compare to Atari, 3DO, NEC and Sega...I didn't say they were late, I said they were LAST. Now look at them. And ridiculous money had nothing to do with keeping Xbox from failing: if you don't have the content, there is no way to survive. MS lined up the studios, and THEY are the reason for Xbox's success. If there are no compelling games, why buy the console?

As far as IE and MSN Messenger, for the context of this part of the thread the example was to highlight how MS can go from Zero to Dominant in areas other than Office and Windows. What happens after Global Domination is a different subject.

Microsoft's position is that people don't want a mobile OS on their mobile device because they want to run desktop versions of Office, Photoshop, Crysis, etc on their tablets. Are they correct? iPad sales seem to suggest that they aren't. We won't find out for sure for another year, so you are well within your right to be highly skeptical.

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kixofmyg0t

People have the memory of a gold fish and probably dont even remember the idea of a Windows Tablet.

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jonnyohio

I saw some but they were all bulky and expensive due to hardware requirements and the reviews were not good because win7 and prior had poor support for touch screens and the os just wasnt built it....I haven't seen any lately.

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Slugbait

Agreed. Windows tablets started shipping about a decade ago. Today you can get an Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Slate or Samsung Series 7, all running Win7 Tablet Edition. But they're kinda expensive.

On the other hand, it can be argued MS didn't adapt to the tablet market. Just like Apple and Google, MS has a mobile OS, and that particular OS shipped Metro long ago...unlike Apple and Google, MS decided not to leverage an existing mobile OS with Metro for mobile devices like tablets.

So something tells me that the questions asked were designed to skew responses to indicate that customers would prefer a high-resource desktop OS on their low-resource mobile device...which has already been done three times.

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