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A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.
Ballmer did not say whether the palm-sized slates would actually be on sale in time for Christmas, nor did he say who would make them. Microsoft has been slow to respond to the iPad, and has also made little headway in mobile phones.
"You'll see new slates with Windows on them. You'll see them this Christmas," he told an audience of students, staff and journalists at the London School of Economics.
Microsoft won't release a real competitor to the iPad by Christmas
Being second to the watering hole leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
The problem android will face will be market saturation with incohesive devices that don't perform, operate, look or feel the same.
Being second gives you a chance to out class and outpace the existing competition.
actually microsoft was first to the watering hole, by about 10 years with their XP tablet operating system
That's no different than the Android phone market and it makes for an interesting set of choices opposed to the iPad/iPhone one-size-fits-all. At least you can pick a device that fits your budget and personal style instead of forcing your budget and personal style to fit the device.