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Mac Monk
30th March 2011, 04:58 PM
Tablets might be a flash in the pan: Microsoft global chief strategy officer (http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/tablets/tablets-might-be-a-flash-in-the-pan-microsoft-global-chief-strategy-officer-20110330-1cfv2.html)

This explains a lot...except how this fool earns his salary!

Lutze
30th March 2011, 05:30 PM
You've misquoted him.

He's entirely correct, they may very well be a flash in the pan, just like any number of things like, humans, internal combustion engines or steam powered horseless carriages.

The universal get out of jail free card he used that allows him to say this is "might".

marc
30th March 2011, 06:06 PM
he did not know whether tablets like the iPad would "remain with us or not".
They're certainly here to stay until something better replaces them, which doesn't seem like it'll happen any time soon.

In fact, I think the next big change for the industry will be much larger devices that behave like the iPad: Locked down app consoles that are fast, fun to use and almost indestructible software wise. Microsoft had better have some answers for that one, because I'd guess Apple are working very hard on the next iMac-like generation of personal computer.

will
30th March 2011, 06:40 PM
flash in the pan, a passing phase, porn in your palm: it is all there!

Zoom iPad, Zoom!

linzc
30th March 2011, 06:47 PM
It all depends on time frame. Do I believe we will all be carrying tablets around in 30 years? No. But do I believe tablets will be a significant step on the way to an even more portable, more capable post-PC future? Absolutely. But to say that tablets may be a medium term step along the way to something else is far different from dismissing them as a "flash-in-the-pan".

marc
30th March 2011, 09:57 PM
Do I believe we will all be carrying tablets around in 30 years? No. But do I believe tablets will be a significant step on the way to an even more portable, more capable post-PC future? Absolutely.

I totally agree. There is one point to consider though: A tablet is essentially the purest form of presenting software. It's just a screen and pretty much nothing else. In that respect, they could be with us for a long, long time... unless screen tech changes significantly.

xtreme2k
30th March 2011, 10:04 PM
Talk is cheap. Opinions aren't worth jack.

People's vote from their wallet is the ultimate guide as to which side knows exactly what they are on about.

entropy
30th March 2011, 10:28 PM
I totally agree. There is one point to consider though: A tablet is essentially the purest form of presenting software. It's just a screen and pretty much nothing else. In that respect, they could be with us for a long, long time... unless screen tech changes significantly.

AI iphone that can 'talk' with its owner, with holographic imaging. or an automatically size adjustable (depending on environment) self unfolding/scrolling, large screen - the iphone decides how big the screen can be.

vernflan
31st March 2011, 06:17 AM
I reckon tablets will be around longer than windows will be.

crankyfranky
31st March 2011, 06:35 AM
Brought to you by the same people that told us the Zune was an iPod killer - give me a break!!

MissionMan
31st March 2011, 08:29 AM
...and the same company run by a person "who doesn't get the ipad" but it somehow managed to sell 10 million units in its first year and is on target to sell 40 million in year 2.

The biggest issue with MS is they have lost the ability to innovate (if they had it at all after all, windows stole most of its ideas from other products). The only product I have ever seen which looked innovative and great was the one they canned. Even Xbox is hardly innovative, its just their version of an existing idea.

pyrite
31st March 2011, 09:13 AM
Hilarious. On the leading edge as always :)

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...and the same company run by a person "who doesn't get the ipad" but it somehow managed to sell 10 million units in its first year and is on target to sell 40 million in year 2.

The biggest issue with MS is they have lost the ability to innovate (if they had it at all after all, windows stole most of its ideas from other products). The only product I have ever seen which looked innovative and great was the one they canned. Even Xbox is hardly innovative, its just their version of an existing idea.

I'm not so much down on them for working with existing ideas, they're hardly unique in that way, and Xbox 360 is actually a good example of building on other peoples' ideas well. It's their unawareness of trends and user wants that shocks me. People are buying iPad by the truckloads because they like them. Shocking. They will continue to like them because they give a killer user experience to many otherwise mundane tasks, plus have a load of other uses that are just inherently a blast. People aren't used to enjoying their computing so much.

It seems like any monkey could be advising MS on this better than whoever their top dogs are right now.

immyk
31st March 2011, 12:05 PM
Zis Comrade Mundie is right...next vill be helmet and tout controled...but Comrade Mundie you must tink in Russian.

simonm
31st March 2011, 02:36 PM
Brought to you by the same people that told us the Zune was an iPod killer - give me a break!!

:D:D;) Microsoft are losing more credibility every day. The horse has bolted on the tablet and once again M$ have been left in the lurch. Who's betting they'll come out with an iPad killer that will be quietly discontinued in a year or two as another failure?

We are at the start of the reign of the tablet, which I predict will be about a 10 year cycle, similar to the reign of the laptop.

boogie
31st March 2011, 05:59 PM
And I'm sure if Microsoft had a tablet out there selling quicker than they can make them he'd be saying the same thing....:rolleyes::rolleyes: