While we're waiting with bated breath for the rumored Apple
But Ballmer might blow a gasket when he sees what else HP is up to. According to TechCrunch, an HP tablet eerily similar to Ballmer's new favorite toy is coming soon to a superstore near you -- running the Google
And Google has plenty of allies. Dell
The irony here is that Google will win whether or not its Android software grabs any significant market share. Microsoft historically loses money online, and Apple isn't really trying to capitalize on Web surfing crossing over into our pockets and briefcases. More traffic means more money for Google, whatever the operating system each computer is running.
This tendency to pull out the opposite of a Pyrrhic victory in nearly any situation -- even if the company loses, it still wins -- is a big reason why I own Google stock.
Which tablet would you buy, sight unseen? Are tablets worth all the hype they’ve generated at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show? Discuss in the comments below.
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