Microsoft’s Gavriella Schuster sat down with Nick Eaton and said the following in regards to tablets consuming netbook sales: “These [netbooks] are definitely getting cannibalized. These are really a second device. But they are getting cannibalized.”
Well, yeah, thanks for that. Now, I must admit that Schuster was responding to a generic question about the effect of tablets (and not specifically the iPad) on netbook sales, but as we all know that the iPad controls some 95% of the tablet market, it seems fair that her comments can be construed as a response to the iPad-effect.
Netbook computers are cheap ultra-portables that nearly always run Windows. When they burst onto the scene a few years back it was a revolution in portable computing. That ship may have sailed, can Microsoft create a tablet to compete?