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Thursday, 31 March 2011 10:11

Dell and Microsoft come down on iPad

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Although Apple’s new iPad 2 has practically sold out in most markets, Dell and Microsoft don’t appear too concerned about Apple’s recent success in the tablet market.

In an interview with CIO Australia, Dell head marketer Andy Lark said that the iFad was doomed in the lucrative business market. Lark argues that it would be good for rich blokes living on an island, but that it just doesn’t work in a diverse and open enterprise environment. Needless to say, Lark believes that Windows and Honeycomb are the way to go.

In related news, Microsoft exec Craig Mundie told a crowd in Sydney that he wasn’t sure whether tablets are here to stay. Mundie thinks smartphones will become a bit more important down the road, as they are becoming the “most personal computer”.

"I don't know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not," said Mundie. "Mobile is something that you want to use while you're moving, and portable is something that you move and then use.”

Of course, the fact that neither Dell or Microsoft have managed to come out with a single competitive design in the tablet market might have something to do with their criticism.

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+7 #1 East17 2011-03-31 11:38
The big screen TabletPCs are EXACTLY what I've been dreaming for the last 10 years. I've bought myself a Fujitsu Stylistic tablet 6 years ago and I still have it. I've never imagined they will become so powerful while being so light and 10 years battery life I've never even thought about.

I suggest Microsoft and DELL put their arses to work and build better candidates to the iPad.

I'm not an Apple fan although I'm not against them. What I'd like is a Fusion tablet with 13" screen and room for 2 HDDs and USB 3. If the battery lasts 5 hours it would be enough for me.

Sell it with 1 HDD and offer SSD as an option in a price under 500$ and I'll buy one for each member of my family.
 
 
+3 #2 Naterm 2011-03-31 14:07
I remember Balmer saying that the iPhone would be a niche product. Sticking your head in the sand won't make the problem go away.

I don't see why other companies have such problems developing good pieces of kit like Apple. Apple just keeps it simple. Example being using square battery packs on the Macbook Pro. Anyone with any brains had looked at their laptop batter pack, full of round batteries, and seen the wasted space. The obvious solution would be to use square batteries. Yet no one did, except Apple.
 
 
+4 #3 Regenweald 2011-03-31 14:21
I'm 100% sure that apple is ecstatic selling their useless, doomed to be a fad, billions in profits, hardware.

In 5 years tablets may be all but forgotten, but the money that they made Apple, won't.
 
 
+5 #4 thematrix606 2011-03-31 16:21
Please stop using bold East17, it makes you come off as a jerk... it's really annoying...
 
 
+1 #5 Super XP 2011-03-31 20:23
I too do not like the bold. It make it harder to read IMO.
Quoting thematrix606:
Please stop using bold East17, it makes you come off as a jerk... it's really annoying...
 
 
+1 #6 thomasg 2011-04-01 02:59
Quoting Super XP:
I too do not like the bold. It make it harder to read IMO.
Quoting thematrix606:
Please stop using bold East17, it makes you come off as a jerk... it's really annoying...

It's alright to use bold to emphasize certain words or phrases, but I agree, writing your whole comment in bold looks like you're yelling.
 
 
-2 #7 Naterm 2011-04-01 19:08
Tablets as they are, that may be a fad. But the transition of computing from a stationary to mobile platform just keeps on continuing. Laptops are replacing desktops, eventually something like a tablet will likely replace laptops. The trend cannot be easily dismissed.

Even if something like the iPad is a fad, it gives Apple that much more experience designing mobile platforms and services along with the previously mentioned profits.
 
 
-2 #8 East17 2011-04-02 08:32
Quoting thomasg:
It's alright to use bold to emphasize certain words or phrases, but I agree, writing your whole comment in bold looks like you're yelling.


That's CAPS LOCK ... not bold.

I use bold because I can't use zoom and my screen, although only 21" is more than a meter away . As strange as it may seem, it is true. :(
 
 
0 #9 thematrix606 2011-04-02 19:01
Quoting East17:
Quoting thomasg:
It's alright to use bold to emphasize certain words or phrases, but I agree, writing your whole comment in bold looks like you're yelling.


That's CAPS LOCK ... not bold.

I use bold because I can't use zoom and my screen, although only 21" is more than a meter away . As strange as it may seem, it is true. :(


Your reason does not make sense, why would you have to read your comment back? I suppose only when editing? And then the bold is not even enabled, its just a [ b ] ... It's still very annoying, and I just avoid reading it, as it's no different to me as upper case.
 
 
-3 #10 bardenck 2011-04-04 17:20
YOU GUYS ARE FAGGETS! WHO CARES HOW HE TYPES, DID HE HURT UR FEEEELINS?
 

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