Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer has announced the need to combat the Apple iPad tablet platform. No time commitments were made as to when a Microsoft tablet computer would come out but it is an urgent agenda of his organization. These tablet computers will run on Windows 7 to catch up with Apple and Google in this growing piece of the market.
It can be recalled that Ballmer shot down a similar tablet platform project before Apple released the iPad. Now that the iPad is capturing an interesting piece of the consumer market, analysts are now seeing that this market segment could grow exponentially. Analysts are saying that for this decade, the tablet market along with smartphones are expected to be the fastest growing segments. Ballmer knows this and it makes him realize the urgency to start competing in the tablet computer market.
Ballmer seems confident about capturing market shares but without a specific timeline and strategy, it may just all seem like lip service. The iPad is gaining popularity with its user-friendly features, something that can be challenging for Window 7 applications.
Over the last two decades, India made significant strides in the area of information technology. In 2001, their literacy rate was estimated at 65% with population more than a billion people. With these numbers, providing connectivity to students is an important factor to accomplish their goal.
In line with their education objectives, India revealed a prototype computer that initially will cost only $35. These are intended for students and teachers to stay connected at low prices.
India’s human resources development minister, Kapil Sibal, showed a computer that should be priced low enough to be affordable at approximately $35. The plan is to eventually further reduce pricing to $10.
Research and design are ongoing to deal with cost reduction and quality concerns. This is a high-volume production requirement that will be tendered out to qualified private companies.
The target date for production release of these low-cost computers to colleges and universities is in 2011.
The founder of Altair 8800, Dr Henry Edward Roberts died at the age of 68. Altair 8800, the machine that started the home computer era. This machine started the careers of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Roberts founded the Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS).
According to Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak, Roberts has taken ” a critically important step that led to everything we have today”. He told technology website CNET.
When Roberts company has been struggling with debts in mid-1970’s, he then decided to invent a computer kit for hobbyist. It is already the Altair 8800. It was then featured in the cover of Popular Electronics in 1975. Among the individuals who were interested in the machine were Gates and Allen. They contacted Roberts and offered him to write a software code for his machine. The pair eventually moved to Albuquerque – the home of MITS – where they founded Micro-Soft, as it was then known, to develop their software: a variant of the Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (Basic). And the technology of computers emerges from then on.
Roberts died April 1 after his long bout of Pneumonia.