Microsoft will not release Kindle rival

Microsoft doesn't see a future in ebook readers and won't be offering its own dedicated device, senior execs revealed today. Robbie Bach, president o

Microsoft doesn't see a future in ebook readers and won't be offering its own dedicated device, senior execs revealed today.

Microsoft's Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, added: "At the rate at which netbook capabilities are increasing, reading is something that a tablet can manage. It doesn't need heavy lifting processing capability. This is one reason why we'd hesitate to create a standalone device."

Speaking at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting 2009 in Seattle, Bach called ebook readers 'specialised devices' similar to smart photo frames and web-connected TVs, which he considers part of the company's embedded devices business. However, he said Microsoft could support them if they emerge using Windows embedded toolkits.