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Microsoft rumored running iPad team

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Fri October 29, 2010

Microsoft CA office accommodating iPads

One of Microsoft's California offices has a team dedicated to the iPad, iPhoneDevCamp founder Raven Zachary overheard today. Two Microsoft employees in Seattle were heard discussing an "iPad group" present in the state. It wasn't certain from the conversation whether it was a group studying the iPad or writing apps.

Either or both are plausible. Previous stories have surfaced of Microsoft writing iPad apps. What these may be still isn't known but could include ports of existing iPhone apps like Bing as well as possible productivity apps, although iWork and Documents To Go have already filled the niches for some.

Competitive intelligence as described by Zachary is also possible as Microsoft has already been holding focus groups and has been publicly very conscious of Apple's effect. Despite claiming no impact on notebook sales, executives have been promising numerous iPad challengers based on Windows for the end of the year and early into next. Microsoft has been keen to tout its more than eight years of collaborating on Windows tablet launches, but the iPad has already outstripped Windows tablet sales by a wide margin in roughly half a year.

Microsoft hasn't commented on the rumors but has multiple offices in California, including near Google's offices in Mountain View, Sacramento and an office in San Francisco just opposite the main Apple retail store. [via SAI]




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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Probably...

    a team of high tech wiz to reverse engineer iPad so they can built one in a hurry.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Microsoft build an tablet???

    It is highly unlikely that MS would decide to build computer hardware. Other than X-Box (a closed gaming system), they don't really do hardware well (OK, maybe keyboards and mice...).

    More likely either development of a tablet version of Windows 7, or porting of MS Office over to iOS.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    My guess

    It's a group of people, around 200-300 people strong, headed by Ballmer, sitting in a huge open-plan office all day and staring at an iPad. Biting their nails. Shitting their pants. Those are the brightest brains in the organisation, excluding Ballmer, who's only there because the board decided the boss should be involved in this high priority mission to "watch that iPad thing closely".

    And that's precisely what they're doing.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    microsoft's ipad team

    imagine an iPad face down on a photocopy machine

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Can't beat them? Join them

    Maybe they should just 'beat it'.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Sarcasm? Why not make a profit?

    1. The sarcastic, anti-MS comments make some of Apple wish we were not Apple people. Why must the vocal minority act like like idiots?

    2. If MS sees a potential profit in providing software for the iPad, why would they not support the device?

    All hubris aside, good business is good business.

  1. JTh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Good grief

    I believe that nearly all of Microsoft's Mac team (MacBU) is in California, with a very few employees in Redmond. Could it be that .. geez .. your Mac team might work on something for an Apple device?

  1. AllanCook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I hope

    they are talking about a version of Office for iPad.

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