Is there a Zune tablet on the way? No! Microsoft is making some noise over their plans for a tablet computer which was mentioned as an urgency by Steve (Looking for a new job yet?) Ballmer but there is no Microsoft tablet in the future. If anything they will allow soe hardware vendor to cram Windows 7 into tablet hardware but the idea of a Microsoft zune tablet are way ahead of the game.
I would love to see Microsot make a Zune music tablet but i doubt we’ll ever even see a new Zune device. How sad is is that they spent billions to make the Zune and now we are stuck with basically the Zune HD as the only player they offer. Is Zune dead? No not yet but the signs of life are weak. lets hope in their bid to reorganize after the KIN phones mistake they will pump more into the Zune and we might even see a Zune tablet coming Zune.
Here’s a secret: in the world of online media, sometimes writers (like me) need to stretch a few sentences into a story, even if, well, there isn’t much of a story. Like it or not, it’s our job. Here are the Ballmer quotes from yesterday’s Microsoft financial analysts meeting that we, the media, are basing the hype and promise of a Microsoft tablet on:
“They’ll be shipping as soon as they are ready. And it is job one urgency. No one is sleeping at the switch.”
Sounds promising! In fact, it sounds like a promise. So, Microsoft is finally making a tablet – will it be a Zune-family piece of hardware? Not so fast.
“Just like we had to make things happen on netbooks, we’ve got to make things happen with Windows 7 on slates. And we are in the process of doing that as we speak. We’re working with our hardware partners, we’re tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs that they’re bringing them to market.”
Hmm. So Microsoft is basically just shipping Windows 7 and having “hardware partners” make the tablet. Not only will this device not be a Zune, but it seems like there will be several iterations. This sounds an awful lot like the way Microsoft develops operating systems for PCs and then lets hardware vendors build the machines. In other words, it’s business as usual.