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© October 2003 Tony Lawrence

Wed Oct 29 12:27:54 GMT 2003 Tablet PC's

Link: zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5097693.html (link dead, sorry) Allchin: From Longhorn to Lonestar

Microsoft is still pushing the tablet PC. Being out of touch with reality is nothing new for them: they ignored the Internet until it was about to eat them alive. Tablet PC's just are not selling, representing just a few thousand units per quarter worldwide. Bill and the boys thought this was going to be hot stuff, but it isn't, and I doubt it ever will be. It's a niche market.

Update: Now we have ipads and Microsoft still can't sell tablets..


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---December 10, 2004

I wouldn't be so quick to write tablets off. What I think we'll end up seeing is that people will start demanding tablet functionality in their laptops (a la the convertible models as opposed to the slate models). The main reason is that there are some really nice features available only to tablet PCs (ex. built in handwriting and voice recognition). I don't believe that tablets (especially slate tablets) will ever completely replace the traditional laptop form factor. However, if you could get Laptop A from your favorite manufacturer and Laptop A + tablet functionality for a slight increase in cost, wouldn't you consider spending that little bit extra? I'm thinking perhaps $100 - Averatec (www.averatec.com) showed that price range is easily within reach.
I think that you might be jumping the gun like the people who decried other recent technology moves. Think of the XBox - brand new to the console market and already the # brand in terms of sales. Think of how popular podcasting is getting, and that is only a few months old. Give tablets some time and they'll become ubiquitous.

-- Matt Ranlett
https://weblogs.cerkit.com/regularguys

---December 10, 2004

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