How'd HP do it? Seemingly by just slashing the price to $99. But even at bargain basement prices, consumers want usability. For other also-ran tablets who aspire to nip at Apple's heels, there's a lesson here in finding the sweet spot between price, design, and function.
CES2009 is fast approaching, which may be why rumors are again circulating that Microsoft [MSFT] will soon launch a Zune-based iPhone rival. Despite the fact that Steve Ballmer, in referring to the iPhone said "It's not a concept you'll ever get from us. We're in the Windows Mobile business." Global Equities Research's analyst Trip Chowdhry has got all excited on the matter, and in an article in Barron's he makes the suggestion that Ballmer will use his CES keynote slot to spill the news.