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?
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Source: Wall Street Journal