Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad has been pursued by several companies and the pursuit will become more heated now that Apple has released a new machine. Samsung has had some success with its Galaxy. Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) failed with its Playbook. Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) briefly attacked the market with a machine based on its old Palm OS.
The most improbable competition may come from Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) which has barely been able to hold its own in the laptop sector.
Now Dell is planning a fresh assault with the advent of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating platform, which is expected later this year and will have a touch interface that works across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
“We’re very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8,” Felice told Reuters in an interview in London, adding that Dell may also make Android tablets again.
Good luck. You’ll need it.