Back at CES 2010 this January Microsoft together with HP loudly announced their intention to enter the tablet market with a new format of personal computers Slate PC. After the iPad went on sale, enthusiasm waned so much that HP even abandoned a Windows-based tablet. Microsoft, on the other hand, is not giving up. Moreover, at the Worldwide Partner Conference Steve Ballmer assured an army of thousands of partners (about 14 thousand) that Slate PC will be, and for any taste, color and price.
According to the head of Microsoft, tablets based on Windows 7 will go on sale before the end of this year, and there will be plenty to choose from among them. Asus is working on new gadgets, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony. These companies will offer not only traditional devices of this kind, but also tablets with a hardware keyboard, a functional docking station that turns them into a laptop, and even with an additional e-paper-based display. During his speech, Ballmer did not say a word about the iPad or tablets based on alternative operating systems: Android, Chrome, etc. But he made it clear that Slate PC will be able to realize itself in the corporate sector.
In general, such a policy is beneficial for Microsoft. The consumer niche is already tightly occupied by Apple, competitors with Android devices will catch up by the end of the year, but such gadgets are not suitable as business tools. In a corporate environment, Windows reigns supreme and Slate PC will obviously not be superfluous there. Although, only time will tell. [ZDNet]
Back at CES 2010 in January of this year, Microsoft, together with HP, loudly announced their intention to enter the tablet market with a new format of Slate PC personal computers. After the iPad went on sale, enthusiasm waned so much that HP even abandoned a Windows-based tablet. Microsoft, on the other hand, is not giving up. Moreover, at the conference…
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