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Microsoft Slate to Take Over Apple iPad

Updated on December 27, 2010
Microsoft HP Slate
Microsoft HP Slate

Microsoft Slate -v- Apple iPad

Microsoft is due to re-enter the tablet market with its HP Slate in direct competition with the popular Apple iPad. But can it capture the market and take over where the Apple iPads dominates?

Let's analyze and carry out an ipad review along with the Microsoft Slate facts.


Microsoft's New HP Slates

Microsoft intends their new HP Slate to be utilised by business users who read newspapers and then get to carry out work on Word.

One of the key components of the iPad are the different apps it has available, but according to Nick Bilton in the Bits Blog of the New York Times "don’t look for an app store as per Apple’s iTunes: Microsoft will encourage software partners to host the applications on their own web sites, which will then be highlighted in a search interface on the slate computers.” So whilst Microsoft does not intend to have a flagship store is does already have many apps in production.

Although Microsoft has not confirmed, the evidently trustworthy New York Times, reports that:

‘The Microsoft Slate is described as "similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.

The people familiar with this device said it would run the Windows 7 operating system when in landscape mode, but will also have a layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode.’"

Ipad prices for 3gb start from $599


Does Apple iPad have More Appeal?

Despite the fact that Apple's iPad has been a massive seller and has literally cornered the market Microsoft's HP Slate hopes to gain similar success? It has a keyboard with the familiar Windows interface which would be appealing to a lot of users, especially if it is an option that is available alongside the iPad, giving consumers more choice.

However, Microsoft may have missed the opportunity to capture the market and give the Apple iPad a run for its money.

No doubt iPad sales are bound to be affected by the launch as people will be interested in the Microsoft HP Slates, particularly if it launches with great offers to entice customers.

But most pundits believe that Microsoft might have a battle to beat Apple iPad.


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