Technology industry sources hinted that Microsoft is ready with a tablet concept running on Windows 8, while Windows 7 will not be optimized to offer full support for tablets and other mobile devices. If true, these rumors should be good news for Apple because Windows 8 is not expected to hit the market before mid-2012. The tablet is running an alpha version of Windows 8 with its user interface looking very similar to that of Windows 7, sources at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference revealed.
There is a version of Windows 7 developed specifically for use in smart phones but it is not serious to think that Microsoft are not developing an entirely new operating system for tablet use. Touchscreen tablets have much in common with touchscreen smart phones but their functionality is by far more extended, and their efficiency is at far higher level.
In addition, Microsoft follows a policy that a tablet should feature the same functionality offered by a traditional PC or laptop, a concept quite different of Apple’s opinion that tablets and computers have different use and cover different customer needs. Experts are curious which concept will prevail in the end, and it is hard to predict whether Microsoft or Apple will prove right on the future of computing.
Actually, separating tablets from computers as a different kind of product Apple is profiteering from two very close market niches by offering two products that, according to Microsoft’s concept, should be sold as a single device with extended functionality.
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