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There are plusses and minuses about the iPad, according to customers Microsoft execs have been surveying. On the plus side are the usual suspects, like portability and battery life. On the down side, the Softies say, are manageability, security and form-factor choices.
Microsoft is advising its partners to position Windows 7 tablets and slates as ideal for both content consumption and creation, able to handle offline and online situations equally well.
A centerpiece to Microsoft's Windows 7 slate campaign is the issue of customer choice. Microsoft is emphasizing a diversity of form factors and input methods as an advantage for the Windows slates over the iPad.