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.
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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.
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