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Microsoft Won't Fight the iPad or Android Tablets Until the End of 2012. Ugh.

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Unbelievable. If this is true. Businessweek reports that Microsoft "won't release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.'s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season."

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That's the end of the 2012. 18 months from now. Months after a third iPad (or maybe even fourth, who knows). And Android 4.0 or 4.5 or 5.0 or whatever. That's two-and-a-half years after the original iPad launched, redefining the kind of computer that the founder of Microsoft dreamed would be the future of computing. Google managed to respond in a year. Palm, despite going bankrupt and being devoured by the hulking corporate beast that is HP, will have its own tablet in just a little while longer.

It's staggering. Like, really. As much as one may have a distaste for Apple, at least it does things. It ships products. The reason the iPad and Apple got to redefine smartphones and tablets is because Microsoft let them. The iPad was basically untouched by the whole consumer electronics industry for nearly an entire year. And Microsoft's giving it a whole 'nother year, plus change, to get even better. All because it wants to put Windows on everything. FFS. [Businessweek]

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My dream machine has always been a convertable laptop/tablet that looks good and feels good. Obviously neither of which has ever been accomplished.

But with Microsoft pushing so hard to make windows a tablet OS, maybe they have that same vision as well. Maybe windows 8 will have something along like lines of a dual UI. In laptop mode, it's the good ole desktop UI and in tablet mode, something made for touch.

And if they do that, then the manufactures will finally show some good looking hardware.