Google Android and Apple iOS are undoubtedly the leading operating systems for tablet computers at the moment, some manufacturers choose Windows 7, however it would be fair to say that this is by no means a tablet-centric OS, according to Intel’s marketing chief (Tom Kilroy) Intel and Dell would love Microsoft to develop a tablet OS.
According to a recent cnet article Intel have tried to get Microsoft to do a tablet OS for a long time, here is a quote saying exactly what Tom had to say at CES 2011 “Hey, we tried to get [Microsoft] to do a tablet OS (operating system) for a long time. Us, and others like Dell”.
To be honest with you Windows 7’s requirements are too high for a tablet computer, more advanced internal components cost more, require larger cooling solutions and generally weigh more. Also the OS is not tablet-friendly, buttons are too small for many users to touch easily, which means manufacturers usually skin Windows with their own UI, which is all extra work which Android tablet manufacturers do not have to worry about.
Apparently Microsoft’s next major release will run on power-efficient ARM processors to make it more suitable for tablets, however I think that unless the build a completely tablet centric OS it will probably flop, let’s face it Windows Mobile never really delivered a rich experience for smartphone users, however they seem to have got things right with Windows Phone 7, which was a complete rethink and redesign from Microsoft.
Tom Kilroy also suggested that Google’s Android OS is by no means perfect for tablets at the moment, this is why they are planning to release Honeycomb, which is said to be optimized for tablets, perhaps Microsoft should take a leaf from Google’s book and take the tablet market more seriously.
We would love to hear what you think about a tablet-centric Microsoft operating system, is it needed?