Microsoft rumored to build its own tablets to take on Apple's iPad

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in iPad edited January 2014
At a media event in Los Angeles next week, Microsoft is expected to show off a new tablet that the company has built itself in an attempt to better compete with Apple's market leading iPad.

Citing anonymous sources, Ina Fried of All Things D said that Microsoft has concluded that developing both hardware and software is the best possible way to take on Apple. Separately, The Wrap also reported that Microsoft will manufacture its own tablet to compete with Apple's iPad.

Microsoft's custom-built tablet is expected to run on ARM-based processors, but the company may also build other models based on traditional PC chips, sources told Fried. If true, the strategy would be a major change for Microsoft, which has built Zune media players and Xbox game consoles, but otherwise avoided making its own computers.

Microsoft is set to hold an event next Monday, June 18, that the company has teased will feature a "major" announcement. Original reports said that Microsoft planned to show off ARM-based tablets running the company's new Windows RT tablet-focused operating system, but it was originally thought the hardware would be from third-party manufacturers.

Much like Apple's iOS is a separate platform from its OS X operating system for Mac, Windows RT will be a separate platform than Windows 8 with its own applications. Windows RT will not be sold at retail, and will only be available preinstalled on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors.

Windows 8


Microsoft last attempted to drum up buzz for Windows-powered tablets in early 2010, when CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the HP Slate. The announcement came as rumors of an Apple tablet were at a fever pitch, just weeks before the first iPad would be officially unveiled.

But the HP Slate was a complete failure, with a total of just 9,000 units sold by the end of 2010. HP later tried again with its own webOS-powered TouchPad, rather than Microsoft's Windows, but that product was quickly discontinued last year after it failed to compete with the iPad.
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  • Reply 1 of 157
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,406member


    These "tablets" will have their own tiny little hammer & chisel, instead of the traditional keypad -


    Its Microsoft's take on the "touch screen keyboard"...

  • Reply 2 of 157
    kotatsukotatsu Posts: 1,010member


    Windows RT will be a separate platform than Windows 8 with its own applications.


     


    From what I've heard, Win RT will run any Metro App, just like full blown Windows 8 for Intel will. The difference is that Win RT won't be able to run desktop or legacy Windows apps. 

  • Reply 3 of 157
    applegreenapplegreen Posts: 421member


    What are they going to call it - ZunePad?

  • Reply 4 of 157


    Exactly. 


     


    One word: Zune.

  • Reply 5 of 157
    mikerodmikerod Posts: 1member


    I assume it will feature a physical keyboard?

  • Reply 6 of 157
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    At a media event in Los Angeles next week, Microsoft is expected to show off a new tablet that the company has built itself in an attempt to better compete with Apple's market leading iPad.

    Citing anonymous sources, Ina Fried of All Things D said that Microsoft has concluded that developing both hardware and software is the best possible way to take on Apple. Separately, The Wrap also reported that Microsoft will manufacture its own tablet to compete with Apple's iPad.

    Microsoft's custom-built tablet is expected to run on ARM-based processors, but the company may also build other models based on traditional PC chips, sources told Fried. If true, the strategy would be a major change for Microsoft, which has built Zune media players and Xbox game consoles, but otherwise avoided making its own computers.

    Microsoft is set to hold an event next Monday, June 18, that the company has teased will feature a "major" announcement. Original reports said that Microsoft planned to show off ARM-based tablets running the company's new Windows RT tablet-focused operating system, but it was originally thought the hardware would be from third-party manufacturers.

    Much like Apple's iOS is a separate platform from its OS X operating system for Mac, Windows RT will be a separate platform than Windows 8 with its own applications. Windows RT will not be sold at retail, and will only be available preinstalled on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors.


    Windows 8



    Microsoft last attempted to drum up buzz for Windows-powered tablets in early 2010, when CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the HP Slate. The announcement came as rumors of an Apple tablet were at a fever pitch, just weeks before the first iPad would be officially unveiled.

    But the HP Slate was a complete failure, with a total of just 9,000 units sold by the end of 2010. HP later tried again with its own webOS-powered TouchPad, rather than Microsoft's Windows, but that product was quickly discontinued last year after it failed to compete with the iPad.


    The problem is that the OS sucks.  Get a clue Microsoft.  

  • Reply 7 of 157
    c4rlobc4rlob Posts: 277member


    It never gets old, watching Microsoft play the role of Wiley Coyote to Road Runner, or Penguin to Batman. Coyote or Penguin try to come up with some wonderful invention to help them one-up the Road Runner or Batman. And the invention ends up being a dud, or even when it turns into something impressive it falls apart because Wiley or Penguin just don't have the natural acumen to wield its power. Or when they manage to successfully use their new weapon, Road Runner or Batman reveal some secret new trick from their own bag of tricks to outdo their nemesis.


    "Foiled again! Where does he get all those wonderful toys?!"

  • Reply 8 of 157
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    c4rlob wrote: »
    It never gets old, watching Microsoft play the role of Wiley Coyote to Road Runner, or Penguin to Batman. Coyote or Penguin try to come up with some wonderful invention to help them one-up the Road Runner or Batman. And the invention ends up being a dud, or even when it turns into something impressive it falls apart because Wiley or Penguin just don't have the natural acumen to wield its power. Or when they manage to successfully use their new weapon, Road Runner or Batman reveal some secret new trick from their own bag of tricks to outdo their nemesis.
    "Foiled again! Where does he get all those wonderful toys?!"

    I think Dr. Doofenschmirtz is a better example.
  • Reply 9 of 157
    boriscletoboriscleto Posts: 159member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by c4rlob View Post


     Road Runner or Batman reveal some secret new trick from their own bag of tricks to outdo their nemesis.


    "Foiled again! Where does he get all those wonderful toys?!"



     


    "Why didn't somebody tell me he one of those things! Bob, gun." Bang.

  • Reply 10 of 157
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,521member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by c4rlob View Post


    It never gets old, watching Microsoft play the role of Wiley Coyote to Road Runner, or Penguin to Batman. Coyote or Penguin try to come up with some wonderful invention to help them one-up the Road Runner or Batman. And the invention ends up being a dud, or even when it turns into something impressive it falls apart because Wiley or Penguin just don't have the natural acumen to wield its power. Or when they manage to successfully use their new weapon, Road Runner or Batman reveal some secret new trick from their own bag of tricks to outdo their nemesis.


    "Foiled again! Where does he get all those wonderful toys?!"



    Maybe Microsoft will name their new tablet "the Acme".

  • Reply 11 of 157
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,779member
    Good! Even more fragmentation of the non iPad market.
  • Reply 12 of 157


    Not concerned, Microsoft can't do hardware well.  Look at the size of the XBox 360, Microsoft Zune, Microsoft Phone...

  • Reply 13 of 157
    mike fixmike fix Posts: 220member


    They have the slowest photocopiers.

  • Reply 14 of 157
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,396member
    Zune 2.0... lol
  • Reply 15 of 157
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,482member


    Even though the tablet might turn out to be a piece of junk, building their own hardware is a smart move by Microsoft. Apple has clearly demonstrated that building the whole widget is the best way to go.

  • Reply 16 of 157
    markbyrnmarkbyrn Posts: 596member
    Memo to Ballmer: Before you take on the iPad, see if you can beat the HP Touchpad, RIM Playbook, Kindle Fire, and other Android slabs.
  • Reply 17 of 157
    edrededred Posts: 48member


    Again?... zzz...ZZZ...zzz...ZZZ...zzz...

  • Reply 18 of 157
    A market analyst recently said that he sees no other vendors/tablets in the foreseeable future that will be able to offer the buyer a compelling alternative to the iPad. At WWDC we saw Apple's half of the foreseeable future. I've played with ICS and Metro, the other half of the foreseeable future, and the analyst was correct.
  • Reply 19 of 157
    mdcraggmdcragg Posts: 73member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikerod View Post


    I assume it will feature a physical keyboard?



     


    ...only the control, alt, and delete keys.

  • Reply 20 of 157
    veblenveblen Posts: 201member


    If I were one of their hardware partners for tablets I would not be happy at all with this news.  First there is the rumored $80 fee per tablet for their RT OS and now a competing tablet.  Not a good partner to have.

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