Microsoft says tablets will be killed off by laptops -

Microsoft is starting to sound like one of those old men who sit outside the bar with a drink and mutter about things being better under Mussolini.

While Microsoft does not think it can get any train to run on time, it is damn sure that older technology is better than these new fangled tablets.

The outfit's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, thinks that long-term prospects of tablets are about as good as a Polar Bear, or a Gaddafi regime.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald he was not sure if the big-screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us.

But Mundie seems to think that tablets may ultimately be squeezed out by a combination of laptops and smart phones.

Mundie's logic is that mobile is something that you want to use while you're moving, and portable is something that you move and then use.

Tablets and pads and other things live in the space in between and he did not see space being persistent.

With Mundie having views like this it is not surprising that Microsoft can't really be bothered with tablets. Although it makes you wonder why Steve Ballmer keeps promising them and not delivering.

At the moment it seems to be policy to have its chums making tablets on a modified version of Windows 7.

Maybe it sees this as holding a stop gap while the tablet fad dies.

Microsoft had no luck with tablets, mostly for the reasons that Mundie has stated. So far the only winner on the tablet front has been Apple, which might lead more conservative technology watchers to think that it is just another cargo-cult marketing fad.

Vole does see some hope for the smartphone. It is currently developing a phone that can beam individual rays of light into your eyes right on your retina.

This means that you can look at your phone and see HDTV. If Redmond pulls this one off then it will make a larger tablet useless.