NO .Its not announced yet. But as a MS fan,I do want a tablet which has a webcam and SD slots.
I do agree Apple’s iPad is truly an innovative product. I don't know if its going to change the publishing industry , but nevertheless it is a revolutionary device, because it will make computing so simple. Kids and oldies will find iPad a much more easier,enjoyable experience than any other Laptop /Smartphone.
Just picture this,
You are in bed along with your toddler and read him/her Winnie the pooh..only the yellow bear is animated and smiles in bright iPad screen.
The grandpa who is about to kick the bucket, can see his grandson’s latest bday pics lying on the hospital bed,just by touching icons.He might not have held a mouse in his entire life and probably never will.
But now its a Apple Device, that means its a luxury product which comes with a premium(and in iPad’s case without a webcam). So obviously users like me look for a device,which offers value for money . As usual we look up to Microsoft.
HP Slate is there, but its running Win 7 which basically acts a handheld laptop. But if MS (and it should) brings out a tablet PC based on the Zune interface officially known as Windows Phone 7 it would really make computing real fun and more enjoyable experience of consuming digital web media.
There are reports about MS Courier, but I am not very keen about it. Its concept is more work based rather media based. Also its “professional design” with a stylus, makes it look like digital organizer than a media device. Moreover, they have been telling this for a long time and so many things have changed by then.
I have been using Zune for quite some time and realized how much its worth when I went on a twenty hour train journey.As i had previously mentioned, the Zune’s interface is as good as iPhone’s UI. Of course it does not stand a chance in the apps arena. But I hope its just a matter of time,before market for Zune apps open up.
The WinMob7 is definitely vibrant & refreshing and not windows like. Operating a device running WinMob7 will definitely be more enjoyable than operating Win7 OS device ,but of course limited. Because tablets are meant more for content consumption rather than content creation.
So MS as always should get an inspiration from Apple(as usual) and give a tablet based on Win Mob 7 series and a OLED screen.Of course MS wont be stingy enough and will include a webcam and Memory card slot.(that’s the hope :P ). A small suggestion if there is dynamic wallpaper which will change to Bing’s wallpaper as soon as i am connected to internet, that would be really nice.
Zlate or Zune Slate was the first name which came to my name, but Slate-Z sounds lot more cooler , don’t you think?