Apple now has the iPad 2. Research in Motion has its Playbook. Google has a plethora of Android tablets, including the Motorola Zoom getting so much attention. Hewlett-Packard has the WebOS tablet. Microsoft, meanwhile, is limping by with a ginned-up version of Windows 7 masquerading as a tablet OS.
It begs the question: when will Microsoft come up with an operating system that is actually optimized to run on a tablet? Bloomberg News broke this story last night, quoting anonymous sources, that Microsoft won't have a tablet version of Windows until the third quarter of 2012. By then everyone else will be on version 2 and 3, perhaps even v.4 for Apple's iPad.
Just read this quote from Microsoft's CEO:
Unfortunately, the quote does not come from the current CEO, Steve Ballmer. It's actually a Bill Gates quote from ten years ago.
When Microsoft was late to the party on search. It threw a Hail Mary pass to Yahoo!
When Microsoft was late to the party on smartphones. It threw a Hail Mary pass to Nokia.
I suppose Microsoft can throw another Hail Mary. But, I'm looking down field and I don't see any receivers.