Andy Lees, Microsoft Windows Phone President’s restatement of Microsoft’s tablet positioning has kicked off again the debate as to whether tablets and PCs are one and the same.In past, Microsoft has tried and failed in the tablet marketplace, often using the "PC in a tablet" method. Apple's iPad revolutionized the market, creating an easy-to-use device that prompted others to play catch-up. As a result, 99% of tablets in use now are non-Windows models.
Lees, on Day 2 at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, told the Microsoft partners in attendance that,
Now, a lot of people have asked me, are we going to produce a phone that is a tablet? You know, are we going to use Windows Phone 7 to produce tablets? Well, that is in conflict with this strategy. We view a tablet as a sort of PC. We want people to be able to do the sorts of things that they expect on a PC on a tablet, things like networking to be able to connect to networks, and utilize networking tools, to get USB drives and plot them into the tablet. To be able to do things like printing, all of the things using Office, using all of the things you would expect from a PC and provide a hybrid about how you can do that with the tablet, as well.
Device manufacturers that may otherwise be interested in building an easy-to-use Windows tablet have migrated to the Android or WebOS platforms. Lees statement killed any hope for a tablet based on the WP OS, and bringing manufacturer back around to Windows now could be difficult.
[Source: Microsoft Press]