The "re-innovation" that has occurred in the last year or so, is, of course, still very new, and Microsoft, like many others, was caught napping. Google tried to "catch up" with Android tablets, but even they have stumbled.
But, the "redefinition" of the tablet marketplace is still very new, and Microsoft and others are in the planning and development stages, and with Windows 8 coming along, the iPad and the Google Android tablets manufacturers will have to start looking over their shoulder at what Microsoft may be unleashing in about a year.
The tablet market is far from settled, even if Apple has a good lead. So, the predictions about Microsoft, or even any other player in the market not being in it or not having a chance to catch up or to take the lead, are very premature.
A blog such as the one above is best after the competition has had a chance to release and start playing in the same environment. Furthermore, tablets, like desktops and laptops and netbooks before them, will also have newer generations where the OSes and hardware will get updated/upgraded, which means that, people who look for new or replacement tablets, will be examining their options when looking to update or upgrade. Like with PCs, people will be switching to whatever is the newest, or coolest, or better or fastest or most feature rich, or has a good combination of many factors. In other words, as long as there is competition, there is no settled and sure winner in the tablet arena.
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