Reading between the lines of Microsoft official statements, you can just make out the underlying message: "We dropped the ball in the mobile space. We didn't spend enough time developing viable, lightweight mobile platforms for smart phones and tablets to compete with the likes of Google Android, Apple iPhone OS, or HP WebOS, and now we're behind. But we're taking mobile seriously now. Really."
Microsoft will have some catching up to do once the dust settles. The world may not see a worthwhile mobile device running a platform from Redmond until the holiday season. Meanwhile, iPhone and Android-based smartphones are enjoying increasing market share, while vendors such as Dell, HP, and Verizon have announced rivals to the iPad. HP, in fact, appears to have shelved an anticipated tablet running Windows 7 in favor of a device running its soon-to-be acquired WebOS platform from Palm.
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