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  HP's Palm Acquisition Could Affect Microsoft, Tablet PCs
Time: 09:25 EST/14:25 GMT | News Source: eWeek | Posted By: Andi Stabryla

Hewlett-Packard's $1.2 billion Palm acquisition could change the landscape of the tablet PC market, especially if HP decides to incorporate the Palm WebOS into future devices. Analysts suggest that the Palm acquisition supports the rumors that HP's so-called Slate tablet PC, reportedly running Windows 7, has been shelved. In theory, Palm's mobile operating system would allow HP to build a tablet that minimizes the load on processor and battery. Meanwhile, Microsoft's decision to end its Courier project suggests the company's retreat from the tablet PC market, which has been heating up thanks to massive sales of the Apple iPad.

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#1 By awiltfong (235 Posts) at 5/4/2010 11:35:28 AM
"Unconfirmed rumors suggest that the expected HP Slate, a tablet PC running Windows 7 and equipped for video conferencing, has been canceled...." I still say HP is big enough to persue two product lines. One Microsoft based (x86), the other WebOS (ARM). I also read HP was considering an Android tablet. I have to believe this would be the one cancelled.
If this was true then this aquisition would actually place HP in a better relationship with Microsoft, since its rivals like Dell are all buying into Android for their ARM based tablets, and are now being courted by Microsoft for patent royalty's, like HTC.

Go HP!

#2 By Fritzly (1341 Posts) at 5/4/2010 11:39:49 AM
"Courted".... interesting wording.....

#3 By awiltfong (235 Posts) at 5/4/2010 11:43:02 AM
Seemed appropriate :)

#4 By Fritzly (1341 Posts) at 5/4/2010 2:18:56 PM
What I cannot stand is that lately everybody seems to confuse "Smart Displays" with "Tablet computers"; MS developed both many years ago; "Mira" was the code name for the Smart Display lines and they are what an iPad should be compared to, not a Tablet PC.

This post was edited by Fritzly on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 14:19.

#5 By awiltfong (235 Posts) at 5/5/2010 9:18:56 AM
I have to admit that I am not familiar with Mira or MS's Smart Display concept. But I do agree that I-PADS and other ARM based devices should not be compared to Tablet PC's.

#6 By Fritzly (1341 Posts) at 5/5/2010 10:43:48 AM
Here it is:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/jan02/01-07freestylemirapr.mspx

The idea was excellent although, as I said, ahead of its time; the device were bulky and expensive but the idea was great! All of us involved in the Beta were in love with our displays....
Again I have nothing against the iPad but it is not a revolutionary product and it is not a Tablet PC.... it is a 2010 revisitation of Mira and lacking alot of functionalities too.

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