Microsoft wants to provide something "distinctive" to the tablet market

UK director of Microsoft doesn’t see the company entering the tablet market until it can show something unique.
Allen Ngo,

Microsoft has been awfully quiet and dismissive with regards to the booming tablet market, but Microsoft UK director Ashley Highfield has recently come forth to explain why the company has been so mum on the subject.

We won’t do anything in the tablet market unless we can be distinctive,” said Highfield in a report by Pocket-lint.  In an attempt to avoid releasing “just another tablet,” Microsoft may be holding out until it has something remarkable to announce to the public. Any standout features or hardware would definitely help in distinguishing a potential Microsoft tablet from the growing crowd.

Highfield would neither confirm nor deny that some sort of tablet device is currently in the works at Microsoft, however.

Until then, Microsoft will very likely continue to keep a low profile among tablets. While Windows 7 has been available for tablets, the OS is currently limited to non-ARM processors, and so only devices sporting Intel’s ailing Atom CPUs could support the Windows OS. This may all change by 2012 if Windows 8 goes final, as this next Windows iteration is expected to be ARM compatible as well as tablet optimized.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.