Is Microsoft Missing the iPad Curve?
Larry Dignan (ZDNet) submits: Microsoft (MSFT) has a six-pack of lightweight operating systems, but still lacks anything that can answer Apple’s iPad. The approach—various flavors of mobile and embedded operating systems—is in keeping with Microsoft culture, but that just won’t cut it if the software giant is going to compete with Apple (AAPL). Mary Jo Foley on Thursday deciphered Microsoft’s lightweight operating system strategy. In a nutshell, you have Windows Mobile 6.x, which is about to die, Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and then Windows 7 for tablet PCs and netbooks. What’s missing? Anything that will work on what Microsoft calls a “slate,” or something to rival the iPad. That’s why you see a vacuum in the iPad killer market. Apple rivals are going to Google’s Android. And HP needed a lightweight OS so bad that it spent $1.2 billion for Palm.Complete Story »