Rumours have recently hit the web that Microsoft could be gearing up to enter the tablet market, but this time with an actual tablet, not just an OS. According to a report by Digitimes, Microsoft is considering launching its own brand of tablet PC. The tablet will obviously feature Windows 8 and should launch by the end of 2012.
Microsoft are said to be working with Texas Instruments and Taiwan based manufacturers according to rumours coming from the supply chain. Of course Microsoft haven’t confirmed this rumour.
I’m not completely certain about this prospect however. I know it does work very well for Apple, if you want their OS, you have to have their hardware and vice versa. It works for them, but what makes Microsoft different is the fact that they do offer you choice. You can choose from a plethora of different laptops,netbooks and PC’s when you want to have Windows 7. Microsoft are following the same tactic with Windows Phone 7 as well.
If you look at Microsoft’s past history with selling their own hardware though, it hasn’t been too successful. They’ve barely made a dent on the iPod with their Zune player. And remember Kin, yeah that lasted long didn’t it?
However on the flip side of things, they have been successful selling their own line of mice and keyboard and the Xbox game console has worked out in their favour too. I’m just wondering if a tablet might be a step too far?
This would also mean that Microsoft are going to be competing directly with all other tablet makers who are currently or will be carrying their OS and Windows 8.
I know there’s an old adage, “if you want something done right, do it yourself” and maybe this is what Microsoft are aiming at? They aren’t happy with the quality of tablets being produced by other manufactures so they’re going to do it themselves.
What do you think of this idea? Does it make sense for Microsoft? How do you think other manufactures will react to it?
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