Well, the name is not yet defined.
But it is inevitable for Microsoft’s survival to immediately launch a Windows version for tablets.
According to the Bloomberg website, the presentation would still be scheduled for this week at the All Things D event in California.
The software will run on tablets with the Nvidia Tegra chip, which has become a model for these devices because it has high processing power and low power consumption.
The biggest surprise may come with the design of the new Metro interface, more similar to Apple iOS and originally developed for Windows Phone 7.
This is Microsoft’s third attempt to launch a tablet operating system.
The first was still in the year 2000. It was a\”Tablet PC \”, a type of laptop with screen rotation.
The second was in early 2010, through a partnership with HP, through a set that was nothing but a PC with Windows 7 smaller, portable and without a keyboard.
The presentation, which took place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, was so disappointing that Microsoft’s shares fell the next day.
HP’s choice for such an important release proved to be a major misconception.In addition to not being able to market, the tablet has gone offline.
And HP decided on the choice of Android and then the WebOS system, purchased from Palm.
Battle for two major opponents For almost two decades Microsoft hit Apple in the commercialization of operating systems.
Despite being a more stable, friendly and secure system, Apple’s iOS runs only on Apple’s own devices.
Windows has taken a different path: your system runs on PCs from any manufacturer. So why this absolute leadership did not stay with the emergence of the tablets?
The main reason why Microsoft has not yet released an OS for tablets is in Windows itself and its packs (Office, for example).
They are cumbersome, requiring a lot of processor and memory (hence requiring more battery power, a key feature on a tablet).
What’s more, all these programs were designed to run on PCs, with a mouse, not a touch screen.
Apple, for these same reasons, did not have to work hard to adapt its iOS to the iPad. In addition to having the brilliant idea of separating programs (applications) into a space (your Apps store).
To make matters even more difficult, Microsoft still lost another slice of the market for Android, the operating system chosen by almost all tablet makers, outside Apple.
Even being new, Android has many new features and a big investment from Google, who wants to be Apple’s big competitor.
Microsoft needs to run, and very fast. Only this year is expected to sell more than 50 million tablets. And almost none of them will be running Windows.
Distance to iOS may increase even more When Microsoft confirms the launch of Windows for tablets for 2012 Apple is likely to have already released the iPad 3 with an even better iOS.
What can sum up the state of mind of Microsoft executives is in the recent statement by its president, Steve Ballmer:”We’re in a race, and we’re not that bad.”
It is worth remembering that in this race you must include, in addition to tablets, mobile phones and smartphones.
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