Today, Microsoft will—reportedly, hopefully—finally unleash its tablet on the world. But other than that it might possibly exist, not much is known about Redmond's iPad and/or Kindle Fire fighter. Since we don't know what it is, let's talk about what it should be.
Here are the nine pieces to the tablet puzzle that Microsoft needs to fit together if it has any hope of making one that matters.
The case for Microsoft to go it alone on a tablet is laid out in depth here, but there are two reasons that stand out. First, if you're looking for a model of success to follow, the vertically integrated iPad is the clear winner over the custerfrakkery of scrambling Android tablet OEMs. Second, it's not like Microsoft hasn't been down this road before; the Xbox provides a clear blueprint of how to break into an established market.