The iPad has been quite a success. In theory it shouldn’t be. Many new owners have never considered a “tablet” before and the price tag is still quite high. Despite this they’ve sold really well, and several manufacturers are now sticking Android into similar-looking devices in an effort to compete. For Google, the Android OS works on these devices fairly easily, but Microsoft seem to have more work to do. Head honcho, Steve Ballmer, has stated that a Microsoft alternative is a “job one urgency”.
“They’ve sold more than I’d like them to sell. We think about that. So it’s our job to say: we have got to make things happen. Just like we made things happen with netbooks, we have to do that with slates.””
I’m a little confused about the netbooks comment as many are still sold using XP, but with many attempted Tablet PC devices in the past, they should at least have somewhere to start.
Link – electronista