Don’t hold your breath waiting for a Windows Phone 7 tablet, especially if Microsoft product manager Greg Sullivan is to be believed.
At the Windows Phone 7 launch in New York this week, Sullivan downplayed Windows Phone 7 as a tablet OS while at the same time reciting the strengths of Windows 7, despite the fact that both the iPad and upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab both sport mobile OSes: iOS and Android 2.2, respectively.
Sullivan noted that Windows 7 brings with it a more robust set of printing and networking capabilities, is not bound by a singular outlet — or app store — for programs and applications, and is suitable for larger screens. As a result, Microsoft is dedicating its tablet efforts to slimming down Windows 7 to run on tablets instead of scaling up Windows Phone 7.
It Could Work
Despite this, Windows Phone 7 offers features that could play well with the tablet form factor, including instant on and a UI designed for touch navigation. In fact, PC World reported that Samsung approached Microsoft about incorporating Windows Phone 7 in a tablet, but Microsoft was not interested.
In addition, at the launch event, Microsoft touted the ability of Windows Phone 7 to handle Office docs, a functionality that in a tablet that could give Microsoft an advantage in the enterprise tablet space.
RIM is targeting the enterprise market with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, a device they are marketing as the “first professional tablet.” HP and Dell are also rumored to be working on enterprise tablets, both sporting Windows 7.