So Microsoft is officially ceding the tablet market to Apple

Steve Ballmer:

We’re not going to do a revamp of Windows 7 over the course of the next year for that purpose.  Whether we should, or we shouldn’t, we’ve put all our energy around doing a great job on that and other issues in the next version of Windows so we will do optimisations to have devices that look really good, that run Windows, that are very good for touch applications which we will encourage people to write. We will do things that improve – it turns out that if we just optimise settings and the configuration of Windows it can be a lot more usable through touch, even on today’s systems – we’re doing that work with the OEMs.

Whether tablets will (eventually) replace laptops is an open question, but one thing is clear: one OS cannot succeed on both laptop/desktops and tablets. The requirements are different, and as long as they struggle against that, Microsoft will remain irrelevant in tablets.

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