“By the time Microsoft gets it figured out everybody will already own an iPad”

It’s safe to say that when it comes to charting the future of computing, Microsoft has a lot of pieces in place, but they are too beholden to the legacy of Windows to actually put anything into place.  Don’t think that their latest foray into tablet computers will be any different than it has in the past.

Microsoft will announce a full version of the Windows computer operating system that runs on ARM Holdings Plc technology at the show, which begins in Las Vegas on Jan. 6, two people familiar with Microsoft’s plans said last week.

Allying with ARM is Microsoft’s way of stepping up rivalry with Apple, which has garnered the largest share of the tablet market with its iPad, a touch-screen device introduced in April that handles video, music and computing tasks. The effort may falter unless Ballmer can match the features consumers have come to expect from the iPad, Goddard said.

The new Windows version would be tailored for battery- powered devices, such as tablets and wireless handsets, the people said. Chips based on ARM technology are made by Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

Last year at CES, Ballmer held up the HP Slate, running Windows 7, and claimed it would challenge the iPad.  It’s now been a full year, HP has shuttled W7 in favor of a Palm-based tablet, and Microsoft has nothing to show at CES 2011 except another round of bold pronouncements.

Memo to Steve Ballmer and the rest of Microsoft — it’s about the software and it’s time for Microsoft to realize that Windows is too cumbersome to run a mobile OS.  Now, maybe if they used a variation of the OS running their mobile phones, I’d be more inclined to be impressed by their efforts.

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