Windows Slates Opts to Overthrow the iPad
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back in making efforts to topple the dominance of iPad. Will he succeed this time?
New York Times reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will show off some new slates and tablets from their PC partners on the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. Looks like Microsoft finally has the guts to overthrow Steve Jobs and the iPad. But come to think of it, seems like deja vu?
Last year, Steve Ballmer’s centerpiece was an HP Slate prototype, but it did not make a huge impact. Ballmer noted that there is more to come for the Windows slates this year. Nevertheless, the statement is not impressive enough for Wall Street Journal and many consumers. He noted that the slates will be the top priority on Microsoft list of developments come 2011 and it is also expected to be the first “real” Windows-based iPad competitor. NY Times says that a tablet line-up will be announced next month. Among these are Samsung and Dell tablets respectively.
The Samsung device is described as “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.”
The sources familiar with the device said that it will run Windows 7 OS in landscape mode but will also have layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held on portrait mode.
“The company believes there is a huge market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work,” explained a source familiar with the company’s tablet plans.
Sources also said that Steve Jobs will present a tablet under the Windows 8 OS. Come what may, at least Microsoft gave it another try.
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