Tablet computers may be a fad and the iPad (AAPL) may have a dim future, Microsoft's (MSFT)...

Tablet computers may be a fad and the iPad (AAPL) may have a dim future, Microsoft's (MSFT) chief of research and strategy tells an Australian audience, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. “I don’t know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not,” Craig Mundie says.
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  • svosavvy
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    msft should go into the buggy whip business, dead money and dead ideas personified.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Mike Maher
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    Apple cant make them fast enough but Microsoft isn't sure if the category will last? Cant wait for Microsoft to roll out a big Zune and try to convince people that its better than an iPad.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • Leftfield
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    For the chief of research and strategy of Microsoft to believe tablets might be a passing fad reflects a shocking cluelessness by the company that left IBM behind when that company couldn't see a bright future in PC's.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • svz3029
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    I must say I agree on a personal level- despite its popularity, the Ipad seems too big to be convenient, and not sufficiently distinct from the iphone to ever be a truly necessary device. To me it's actually less functional than the iphone.


    In terms of form factor, my kindle fits nicely into an interior jacket pocket. The ipad is too big- it must be carried or packed somehow. It can't be set down and viewed straight on like a laptop without a stand. All this for a bigger screen on a less functional Iphone?


    While AAPL certainly has momentum with this product, I wonder about its long-term profitability.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • DianeLee
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    personally, my laptop and a smartphone are much more convenient.
    31 Mar 2011, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • owens4414
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    This is emblematic of MSFT's larger problem. They no longer are trend setters and when they do see trends they ignore them until it's too late to fully capitalize on them. That's why Apple beat them to MP3 players, smart phones, and now tablets. Tablets aren't going away any time soon.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:06 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    MSFT was in every single market, even the Apple TV is 'late to the game' since Microsoft's Media Center has been around ages. It's problem was, with no real competitor it didn't need to do things well.


    Witness the consistent issue: Microsoft's tablets, smartphones, media center edition, and even Windows itself all suffered from what's basically a poor interface and a fragmented environment without a consistent integration ideology. That's exactly the opposite of what Apple did.


    I don't think Microsoft wasn't innovating, I think they painted themselves into a wall and could not create an ecosystem of innovation, largely as a result of the fact that it had too many agreements, contracts, and obligations with too many entities to maintain its product as constant as possible from iteration to iteration to allow it real freedom.


    If anything, Apple and Google's rise against MSFT are a great argument for maintaining as competitive an environment as possible as the innovation is astounding.


    With competition in every segment, MSFT is out there innovating again (WindowsMobile7) so maybe its fortunes will improve but I'm not going to bet on it just yet....
    31 Mar 2011, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • stephen1746
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    What the hell else is he gonna say? His company has been driving with its eyes closed for years and now that they have opened them, there is an Apple tree coming right at them.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • Richard Mackenzie
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    As with investing, it is totally USELESS to predict something will end one day. Of course it will! If you can't say WHEN, then your statement is USELESS.


    Also, the prediction that we will end up with a smartphone and a laptop as our two main tech possessions is a little funny following the statement that a tablet is just another type of computer (i.e. another style of laptop). Can't agree that the laptop form factor is all that great, so I don't see it lasting. If modes of input evolve (speech, gesture, neural interface, whatever), then why would he predict that a device with a fold-down keyboard is going to take the future!!???
    31 Mar 2011, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    All I can say is.... pico projectors are almost small enough to fit in a phone, and phones already output 1080p via hdmi....


    I have an LG that had a pico projector attachment on it but it wasn't really usable to do excel so I gave up on it. sure rather carry a smartphone than a tablet hah. And screw laptops if I can just plug into a large screen why bother.... 1 device in the future, the Star Trek tricorder!
    31 Mar 2011, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • tigersam
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    Why microsoft is making os for Tablet computer?
    31 Mar 2011, 10:15 AM Reply Like
  • sburger
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    Hmmm, sounds like Microsoft sour grapes.


    However, what does the future hold? A iPhone device that included a 3D pico projector could be interesting as an alternative to a tablet.
    31 Mar 2011, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    I can't see the screen of an iPad any better than my iTouch without reading glasses. I need something I can actually see!
    31 Mar 2011, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • harryjack
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    Microsoft is quickly becoming a dinosaur and it it quite obvious from these comments. I guess they will rely on their software, I don't miss my daily computer crashes since I switched to Apple products. What he is missing is the DURABILITY of the IPAD - that is why everyone from 1st graders to Doctors have quickly adapted to the IPAD.


    I stand by my projection of APPL at 400 in next two months.


    I am long APPL.
    31 Mar 2011, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • rothyman
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    What a joke. And not the kind of joke we'll be coming back to in 5 years and saying, "He was really a genius!"


    Clearly tablet computers are here to stay at least in the short to mid-term. I think some older individuals tend to think Ipads are a 'fad' because they see young people displaying them at meetings or on CNBC.


    The only things is, these people are actually using the tablets. They are not just desk furniture; they are easily accessible devices with large screens. @OptionManiac they do have a zoom option on tablets. 99% of people can see the screens just fine.


    Microsoft is simply protecting its position in the market. All their success has come from an OS that has shown to be unsuccessful on mobile devices like the Ipad. I still can't believe they haven't released a simple, successful GUI for mobile users yet. You're crazy if you enjoy using a Windows Mobile device.
    31 Mar 2011, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    This is comparable to what Steve Ballmer said about iPhone a years back:


    Terrible, just terrible!
    31 Mar 2011, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • rubicon59
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    Morons, hyppocrytes, and irrelevants.
    31 Mar 2011, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • Ambil Kembali
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    Well looking even more futuristically - how about he's right?
    He would be right if you could carry around your 'GoogleSetup' on a tiny flash drive (holding Gigabytes) and plug it into the nearest 'GoogleWall'. A GoogleWall would be a window screen planted all over the world, open to public (or private use inside your home).


    Good for software, not reliant on portable COMPUTER TYPES.
    Too bad my scenario is more likely google than microsoft, ahah.
    31 Mar 2011, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • rothyman
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    By that definition, anyone can predict that any technology is a fad in the long term. Just because a product will eventually stop selling doesn't mean it won't be around for 10, 15 years to come.


    That's like saying that VHS was a fad until DVD came.
    31 Mar 2011, 06:32 PM Reply Like
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