Microsoft late to tablet OS party

Despite iOS, Honeycomb, webOS and QNX already partying in Tabletsville, Microsoft doesn't seem interested in dancing

Reports are flying around that claim Microsoft won’t be unveiling their own tablet OS to rival the myriad currently on offer until 2012, suggesting they’re opting for the tortoise-based approach in bringing their fight to the competition.

The software giant’s brainiacs certainly have their work cut out for them, as the rivals are fierce. Apple’s sleek and sexy iOS has been well established for years, while Google’s Android Honeycomb, HP and Blackberry’s offerings have landed firing on all cylinders in what is set to be an epic battle of finger-prodding mayhem.

Given the headstart these devices have in the market, the odds seem to be stacked against Microsoft. Although the release of Windows Phone 7 was a promising reminder that even those late to the game can pull off wonders. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, they'll bring to an already fast-maturing market.

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