Earlier today, computer maker Asus kicked off the Consumer
Electronics Show a day early by announcing four upcoming tablet
computers. Three of them run Google’s Android operating system.
One runs Windows 7. See if you can guess which one is the outlier:
- Eee Pad MeMO: starts at $499
- Eee Pad Slider: starts at $499
- Eee Pad Transformer: starts at $399
- Eee Slate: starts at $999
I get the feeling Microsoft knows they have a big problem here. They need to shut up, get to work, and build a real tablet OS — and they know it. The problem is they can’t completely shut up. The iPad is too big a sensation, and is attracting a bunch of competitors, almost none of which are using a Microsoft OS. But they were way more blustery about “slates” at last year’s CES than they were at this year’s.
★ Thursday, 6 January 2011