Tablet devices which run the Windows 7 operating system will launch in the coming months, according to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.
Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, and Sony are among the manufacturers working on Windows slate PCs, he told delegates at a company conference.
Mr Ballmer said the area was "terribly important" to Microsoft, but did not mention any specific release dates.
6:45 am on Jul 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
As mentioned in the article and elsewhere, Windows 7 is probably not the best OS for the tablet platform. Windows Phone 7 or perhaps the Zune interface might work better here.
7:10 am on Jul 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I hate to say it but this is a major yawn for me.
We had Windows 3.x table pen computer prototypes way back in the early '90s in the labs at Lotus and MS never did anything interesting with the technology all of these years until the iPad comes out and suddenly they're falling all over themselves to get it to market.
HELLO? ANYONE HOME AT MS? 20 YEARS TOO LATE!
Why in the heck would they take such a massive technological lead and just flush it I'll never know.
8:28 am on Jul 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm in agreement with you Bill. They really squandered this entire market. I'm not sure how or why. Bill Gates was really hot on the tablet form factor for years when he was at the helm. It's only now that we're seeing old clips of him talking about this with Steve Jobs, etc.