May 25, 2009
Microsoft set to reveal Windows 7 pricing mid-June
Kelly Fiveash writes that according to TechArp.com, Microsoft is expected to release Windows 7 price details next month, but it has to tread carefully.
“Microsoft will need to tread very carefully with its Windows 7 pricing in these recession-hit times. After all, if it takes the wrong step, the firm may struggle to encourage take-up of its new operating system, especially as it continues to try and shake off the Vista effect.”
Analyst: An Apple tablet is coming to shake up netbook market
Larry Dignan writes that according to Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, Apple will probably launch a tablet product similar to its iPod Touch, but larger, in the first half of 2010.
“Munster writes, ‘Between indications from our component contacts in Asia, recent patents relating to multi-touch sensitivity for more complex computing devices, comments from Tim Cook on the April 22nd conference call, and Apple’s acquisition of P.A. Semi along with other recent chip-related hires, it is increasingly clear that Apple is investing more in its mobile computing franchise. Specifically, we expect this to result in a larger (7″-10″) touchscreen tablet that will launch in 1H CY10. Additionally, Apple’s consistent message that it refuses to launch a ‘cheap’ portable netbook, and its desire to differentiate itself in a maturing market before it’s too late (similar to the timing of iPod and iPhone), plus its gradual addition of multi-touch technology to all of its core products (iPhones, iPods and Macs) leads us to conclude this product will be a touchscreen tablet (not a netbook).’”
“The eight-inch SPF-87H, which was originally introduced to the world back in April, is now shipping to those scouting a multifaceted digital photo frame. Unlike traditional alternatives, this 0.91-inch thick frame can double as a secondary display (via USB), and the respectable 800 x 480 resolution panel ensures that you can fit more than just a weather widget on there. Other specs include 1GB of built-in storage, an SD expansion slot, 500:1 contrast ratio and a $129 price tag.”