Microsoft has announced that they will once again be releasing a slate PC to compete with the iPad. The problem? It will run Windows 7. The success of the iPad has made it quite clear that users prefer an operating system that is designed from scratch for touch input, but every year, Microsoft releases a new tablet pc that is doomed to fail because they insist on using a desktop OS instead.
Microsoft hopes these slates will offer an alternative to the Apple iPad because they move beyond play, people familiar with the tablets said. “The company believes there is a huge market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work,” explained a person familiar with the company’s tablet plans.
They claim that the iPad is designed for “play”, but as any user can argue, it does a fine job handling various Office documents without the need for a full-featured OS.
The iPad competitor is rumored to be manufactured by Samsung, and include a slide-out hardware keyboard. Microsoft plans to unveil the device at C.E.S. 2011 next month.