Tablet Masters: Microsoft Dreams Big with 80 inch Tablets
Think the new 10.1 inch Kindle Fire is big? Think again.
Since the debut of the iPad in 2010, tablets have been seen in an increasing number of designs and uses, from businessmen using it for mobile conferencing, to helping a student attain their Masters Degree, or even use as a cash register. But, with Microsoft’s announcement of their new, enormous 80 inch tablet, the one-revolutionary iPad may only have been the beginning of a new age for personal computing.
The popularity of Microsoft’s personal devices has notoriously lagged behind Apple ever since the early days of the iPod. Microsoft’s competitor to the iPod, Zune, was an abject failure in capturing a large user demographic and has cast a shadow that has hung over the company’s subsequent endeavors, such as the lackluster launch of the Windows 7 phone.
But with the planned launch of Windows 8, which is designed to run on mobile devices as well as personal computers, Microsoft is hoping that the tablet field will yield better results than previous endeavors. The crowning jewel of this plan shall be the unprecedented 80 inch tablet intended as an omnibus workspace and entertainment platform.
Microsoft Vice President Frank Shaw explained how the 80 inch screen was currently being used by CEO Steve Ballmer in his office.
“[Balmer has] got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper,” said Shaw. “It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall. It’s his whiteboard, his e-mail machine, and it’s a device we’re going to sell.”
The goliath tablet would dwarf anything currently on the market, with tablets currently on the market measuring in at around 7-9 inches. While far too large for mobile use, the tablet is an innovative concept, made as an attempt to merge televisions and PCs into one electronic device.Continued on the next page