Microsoft and HP to attempt to upstage Apple with CES slate PC unveiling

“It could be one of Steve Ballmer’s riskiest trade show moves in years,” Ashlee Vance reports for The New York Times. “On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The slate will be made by Hewlett-Packard and possibly available by mid-year, these people said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, we so can’t wait for this to play out!

Vance reports, “This product better be good because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form-factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd. So, the last thing Mr. Ballmer wants to hold up is a me-too type device.”

Vance reports, “Mr. Ballmer will present a video of the as yet unnamed H.P. device. The product will be touted as a multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A video?! Sounds like a typical, albeit particularly weak, Microsoft vaporware dog and pony show meant to freeze a market in which Microsoft and their “partners” have repeatedly failed (or, more likely, a market that Microsoft et al. cannot even imagine) and that Apple will, with history as our guide, revolutionize (or create) and then utterly dominate as a slew of also-rans scramble to produce half-assed copies.

Expect Microsoft’s presentation to be purposely vague (“Features can and will change before release,” Ballmer will mention), so that they can watch Apple’s tablet presentation and begin their process of copying poorly yet again.


  1. I can’t wait to see what they come up, no doubt the media will think its the dogs baws, then Apple will drop their hardware and Microsoft will prove how crap they are. Gotta say it may actually be HP that looks bad, not Micro$haft.

  2. Sucks for all the companies showing off new products at CES only to watch Apple reveal something and make them obsolete just two weeks later.

    Especially if Apple finally reveals details regarding their custom ARM SoC’s for their mobile platforms. The level of integration between hardware and software will be so tight, it’ll make every other mobile device feel like clunky pieces of junk.

  3. @Mac Daddy

    Jobs did, but not before telling everyone about a revolutionary new device.

    An iPod… a Phone… an Internet communications device…

    An iPod! A Phone! Are you getting it?

  4. Why Microsoft call their presentation “Keynote”? Oh I know. Keynote is way better than Power Point. Unless you study in elementary or high school, no body else really use Power Point for a presentation. ;P

  5. This is why Apple zealously guards its secrets. I guarantee you that with out the rumor mill, Microsoft and HP wouldn’t be launching any “slate” product.

  6. What an absolute putz!

    You would think with the abysmal performance of M$ lately, ButtExudateForBrains (think about it) would be looking for a new line of work. But once a used car salesman, always a used car salesman…

    You know Jobs & Co are just laughing their okolees (a Hawaiian term) off!

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  7. @G4Dualle

    It wasn’t a video – it was a few slides of a KEYNOTE produced presentation AND there was a physical product. And phuquen cool it was! (is – still – even after all these years!)

  8. After all these years, and iterations of tablets, beginning with Gates’s pride and joy, I remember the day they rolled out that big-ass table!

    The Microsoft store in the Scottsdale Fashion Mall has the Big-Ass Table out on the floor for customers to use to special order Microsoft products.

    I will watch Ballmer’s keynote, if available, just to watch his tablet’s video presentation. Dollars to donuts, the VCR shits the bed.

  9. How about a tablet that uses Surface technology?

    Seriously, Ballmer is right about one thing. They need to do something. But a pitiful rehash of their old tablet up against a dazzling game changer that Apple will surely present, ain’t it.

  10. What’s even more pitiful is that a lot of square idiots that actually buy the microshit propaganda will think they have the coolest gadget on earth to look forward to, viruses and all

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