|iPad 2 |
Image from http://www.apple.com/ipad/
Unfortunately, I was unable to find a source to confirm an exact number in a quick Bing search. Maybe I should have used Apple's Safari browser instead. LOL
Tablets running Google's Android operating system make up most of the remaining market figures. These include tablets by makers like Samsung, Dell, Motorola, and a handful of other manufacturers.
We're a PC school district. Apple's iPad doesn't run Microsoft applications... at least not yet. There are some iPad apps out there that will reportedly let users edit & create Word documents, for example, but they seem to be a bit limited in functionality. I hope to test some of these out soon & will report what I find. Apple won't display Flash-based videos or web sites, and even Google Docs is a problem without special apps.
My question is: Where is Microsoft in this picture?
This YouTube video of Microsoft's "Courier" project has been floating around The Cloud for a couple years. Microsoft scrapped it about a year ago, but man - is it cool-looking in the video:
Rumor has it that Microsoft is "thinking about" releasing a tablet sometime soon. It is not clear yet whether they will run the Windows 7 operating system, the Windows Phone 7 operating system, or some hybrid of the two.
The Hewlett Packard Touch Pad, (below) which runs the new Palm WebOS, may run Flash & Google Docs more easilly, so that may offer a viable option in the future. I used to live through my old Palm Pilot back in the 1990s, but we'll have to see if/how they regulate their apps.
|Palm/HP Touch Pad |
Image from: http://www.palm.com/us/products/pads/touchpad/index.html
Acer has been quietly selling Android-based tablets for a while now. However, they have an interesting - albeit pricey - Windows 7 option, called the Iconia: