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HP Android Tablet: Could New HP Android Tablet mean Trouble for Microsoft?

HP Android Tablet: The Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows operating system has long been a favorite of personal computer manufacturers, such as Hewlett-Packard. While this is sure to remain true in the future, to a certain extent, there is a lot of competition lurking. More specifically, the Android and iOS operating systems are picking up a lot of steam.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Microsoft is one of the hedge fund industry’s most popular stock picks, and it’s always important to pay attention to the smart money (see just why here).

Recently, HP jumped on board by announcing the launch of a $169 table that will rely on the Android operating system rather than Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows.

Known as the Slate 7, the company hopes the tablet will perform better than its TouchPad from 2011. If you remember correctly, HP stopped selling that device after a couple of months due to extremely poor demand.

While HP expects the Slate 7 to hit the market in April, many wonder what this will do to its business with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).

Here is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle that touches on this topic in greater detail: HP’s $170 Android Tablet Is Devastating News For Microsoft

Here is a close look from that article, explaining what this could mean to MSFT:

“Most importantly for this story, it’s significantly less than the $650 HP charges for its Windows-based ElitePad, which is geared more towards enterprise customers.

HP is trying to stay somewhat diplomatic. It says in an interview with The Verge that it will have a broad range of tablets running both Android and Windows. The prices will range from $170 to $700, depending on the operating system and the tablet’s capabilities.

So, perhaps it’s too early to write that HP has totally dropped Microsoft to pursue a low-cost, mass-market strategy with Android. We’ll see what HP introduces later this year.”

For now, HP appears to have plans to offer a variety of tablets with both operating systems. However, this could quickly change should the Slate 7 take off.

Do you agree that this could lead to trouble for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check back here for more updates on HP Android Tablet.

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