Ballmer on Tablets: Android Failed Approach, Apple Sucessful


Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, took to China Wednesday for a meeting where he spoke to the recent Microsoft takeover of Skype, China software piracy issues and everyone’s favorite subject — tablets. Considering that Windows Chief, Steve Sinofsky, is rumored to demo the Windows 8 tablet solution next week at the AllThings D9 conference, everyone is waiting with baited breath on any slip-ups made by Ballmer, who rest assured, is in “the know” concerning Windows 8. Just last week, we received a little information about Windows 8 that Microsoft quickly decried as a misspeak. This was right before a major Microsoft shareholder sought for the termination of the CEO.

What’s interesting about Ballmer’s appearance Wednesday in China is his candid talk about the current competitors options in the tablet space. Speaking to the Google Android solution, Ballmer said the company “has taken a failed approach so far” and also spoke to the other rival in Cupertino whom he said has been very successful with their tablet offering.

Personally, the tablet craze has yet to hit me. I’m still trying to find a legitimate use for myself for a tablet computer, but I understand that there are truly consumers who want and sometimes crave these devices. I think it’s a little odd that Ballmer criticizes Google when Microsoft has clearly missed on a great opportunity to capitalize on the tablet market and has been slow to reveal anything Windows 8-related. Do I think Microsoft can sweep in with an excellent tablet platform and dominate as they do very often in markets they really push? Yes.

What about you guys? Do you see Android tablets as a failed approach to tablet computing and do you believe what we may see next week is the next big move, by Microsoft, to once again dominate a PC market?

Stay tuned to Windows8News for everything related to the upcoming Windows 8.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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5 Responses to Ballmer on Tablets: Android Failed Approach, Apple Sucessful

  1. Diplomsommelier May 29, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    As usual Microsoft has mist the train on the Tablet race not listen to the consumer wish. Android will be the one in the future also Chrome OS

  2. Da_Man May 29, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I,m tyoing this on my Acer Iconia A500 android tablet as we speak. Its linked to my google docs, email and calendar account at google. I have a HTC desire which is also dynced to these accounts. Google android ones and tablets will do really well in the future.

    • Sam Koul June 6, 2011 at 1:25 am #

      “I,m tyoing this on my Ace…..”

      Keep tyoing dumb ass

  3. Doug Ritchie May 29, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Until one has used an iPad for a while you really do not “get it.”  I am a died in the wool “softie” but I get the iPad.  This use for computing is very convenient, easy to use, utilitarian, but not a replacement totally for a laptop – YET.  It will become so in my opinion.  The form factor is great and the functionality is superb.  Android and Windows tablets will compete.  For the medical profession, once the features are slimmed down and the medical “panel” is made with only the icons needed, it is perfect for providers.

  4. Anonymous May 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Doug is spot on. You can’t figure out you could use these devices before you just use one. Once you’ve used one you realize just how difficult it is at this stage for MSFT to swoop on.

    The world has changed significantly and the monopoly inertia that enabled previous victories isn’t there. This space is as much about ecosystem as it is about devices.

    Until MSFT breaks the *internal* Win/Office hegemony (which requires a top level shakeup) they aren’t likely to approach this space right.

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