Turns out HP has decided to can their much anticipated tablet computer/e-reader Slate, due possibly to not a good fit with a Windows 7 operating system. (I’m rather bummed about that one as I was kind of interested in it.) And Microsoft, the makers of Windows, has also decided to scrap their ultra thin, two screen tablet. This is all sort of a surprise, as these two were expected to give iPad and Google’s device more competition and present some new innovations. It’s possible that these companies will come back into the market, or are just going to concentrate on things like smart phones and netbooks — hard to say as yet. But it is going to somewhat slow down the development of the e-book/e-reader market, as buyers will have to commit themselves to a smaller selection of devices, many of them dedicated ones, from big name companies. I’m still predicting five years though.