It was one, two, three strikes, you're out for Microsoft(Nasdaq: MSFT) this week, as the big contenders in the tablet games stepped to the plate and continued to make news for investors. According to Fool.com analyst Eric Bleeker, the match-ups all spelled trouble for the software giant.
While Apple(Nasdaq: AAPL) dominated the action with its grand-slam iPad and iPhone products, Microsoft had to watch as Hewlett-Packard(NYSE: HPQ) walked away from a long-standing tablet development deal in order to capitalize on its own recent acquisition of Palm. As a result, Microsoft appeared to have conceded defeat in this market when it announced that it was throwing in the towel on the Courier -- another blow in a decade of tablet setbacks for the computing giant.
Hey, Steve Ballmer, is it time to hit the showers?
Eric started at The Motley Fool in 2008 working in the Tech & Telecom sector. Today, he's the General Manager of Fool.com. You can follow him on Twitter to stay up to date with his tech industry analysis. Follow @bleekertech