While it’s generally accepted that Windows 7 isn’t exactly ideal for tablets, Microsoft has now said that we shouldn’t expect to see Windows Phone 7 running on slates.
Instead, as we were expecting, Microsoft will develop Windows 8 – due to arrive in 2012 – with tablets in mind.
What the hell are tablets anyway? Giant smartphones without the phone stuff, or laptops without keyboards? Windows Phone president, Andy Lees, subscribes to the latter notion.
Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partners Conference, Andy suggested that people want “to be able to do the sort of things they do on a PC on a tablet. We view a tablet as a PC.”
Lees added that in time we’ll see Microsoft PCs, tablets and smartphones come together in a “unified ecosystem”. It’s expected that Windows Phone 7, which some analysts reckon will take pole position in the smartphone OS race, will eventually be phased out and replaced with Windows 8.
Steve Ballmer recently admitted that Windows Phone 7 sales had gone from “very small to very small," and will no doubt be counting the weeks till Nokia turns up to save the day. Er, no offence, Fujitsu, ZTE, Acer and Samsung.
via: Apple Insider