Microsoft: no Windows Phone 7 for tablets

Microsoft: no Windows Phone 7 for tabletsWhile 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

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 13, 2011 at 15:15

wow...we have 29 degrees celsius here. When you posted this, a fresh breeze brought some relief. Must have been all those billions of tab lovers exhaling :p

Microsoft, who cares?

blizzard7  Jul. 13, 2011 at 15:31

A Microsoft article from AppleInsider? *head explodes*

Windows 8 for me just makes sense. Where Mac OS X Lion has me yawning, Windows 8 actually looks like given the right hardware, could be just the thing to abolish a laptop for good from my life. If I got say an iPad instead Flash and Silverlight sites are a no-no, I can forget about 100% Office compatibility, I can't have apps side by side, have widgets or have full USB compatibility for say an external USB hard drive or perform administrative functions for my router if something goes wrong, hence I would still need a laptop.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 13, 2011 at 16:54



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