After a Decade of Windows+Tablet Failures, Microsoft Still Insists on Going with Windows 7 Instead of Windows CE (Phone)

Some jokes are not only funny but remain funny with repeated tellings and can teach you something. Here’s one, that when performed with the appropriate delivery and timing, fits that mold.

Patient: Doctor! My head hurts everything I do this (hits head on wall)
Doctor: You say it hurts every time you do that?
Patient: That’s right! What should I do?
Doctor: Stop doing that!

I was reminded of this old comedy routine after reading this Engadget editorial headline:

Editorial: Windows on ARM is a big deal, but it’s not enough to win at tablets

In this case, Microsoft plays the part of the patient hitting his head on the wall repeatedly. Microsoft launched its failed Tablet PC based on Windows XP in 2001. It reformulated its tablet equation a bit in 2006 when it launched the even less successful UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC – aka Project Origami) again based on Windows XP. Windows on a tablet doesn’t make sense because the vast majority of software for Windows assumes a conventional keyboard plus mouse input, not a stylus or fingertip. There’s also the little matter of Windows hardware resource requirements (even the vastly improved and more efficient Windows 7).

Would another approach (say using Windows Phone or the underlying Windows CE engine with a custome tablet user interface) make more sense? At the very least, apps designed for Microsoft Windows Phone or Windows CE would expect some kind of touch screen interface.