Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie recently said at a lunch held in Sydney by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) that he did not know whether tablets like the iPad would “remain with us or not”.
He sees the smartphones as the successor to the PC rather than tablets like iPad.
Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy officer Craig Mundie had this to say:
I think there’s an important distinction – and frankly one we didn’t jump on at Microsoft fast enough – between mobile and portable.
Mobile is something that you want to use while you’re moving, and portable is something that you move and then use.
These are going to bump into one another a little bit and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between. Personally I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not.
I don’t know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not.
He also gave a glimpse of what to expect in the future:
When the user looks at the phone, “instead of seeing a screen it can beam individual rays of light into your eyes right on your retina … [so] you can look at your phone and see HDTV”.
I believe the successor to the desktop is the room, that instead of thinking that the computer is just something on the desk that you go and sit in front of, [in the] future basically the whole room is the computer and you go in it.
Microsoft has struggled to make an impression in the tablet marketplace. Microsoft and HP had introduced Windows 7 powered slate PC, which they failed it generate any interest. Meanwhile, Apple has sold more than 15 million iPads in 2010 and expects to sell even more this year based on the high demand for iPad 2.
These comments indicate how Microsoft views tablets or could be just sour grapes.
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