Steve Ballmer has re-iterated their intent not to shoehorn Windows Phone 7 on tablets in the near future.
Speaking at the Imagination Cup awards in Singapore he reportedly said:
We’re focused on putting Windows Phone 7 in phones, no plans for tablets.
He claimed that Microsoftâ€™s current strategies went far enough in responding to market pressures and competition at present:
Every Windows phone, every Kin, is Microsoft branded. It’s not Microsoft produced, it’s not priced by Microsoft, the Kin is actually manufactured, produced by Sharp. But it’s advertised by Microsoft, it’s branded by Microsoft. Will we go further than that? No plans at this time.
In many ways releasing Windows Phone 7 on large format devices may be seen as a missed opportunity, given the â€œpanoramicâ€ user interface paradigm which implies a view into an application already presented on a big screen.
Of course just because Microsoft is not planning to use Windows Phone 7 does not mean multiple other companies are not planning to use the Windows CE base to do the same job, but of course this will lead to multiple user interfaces, the lack of a cohesive market place, and no access to the music and media features which has been the major hallmark of most successful consumer computing devices recently.
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