Under a laugh-inducing headline, “Video: Microsoft upstages Apple’s tablet,” Elmer-DeWitt writes, “Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday night ran for more than an hour and a quarter. But what got the most attention from the press gathered to watch it were the three minutes Microsoft’s CEO spent talking about his answer to the tablet computer Apple is expected to unveil in less than three weeks.”
MacDailyNews Take: If that was Microsoft’s “answer,” we don’t want to know the question. Virtually everyone on the planet who saw Ballmer’s presentation saw it the same way, except for Phil, it seems.
Elmer-DeWitt writes, “In a subtle dig at his competitors in Cupertino, he demoed the HP Slate with an Amazon Kindle version of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight.’ The book’s cover shows a pair of hands cradling an apple.”
MacDailyNews Take: Phil give Microsoft’s oblivious lump waaay too much credit. To mention just one debacle, Ballmer is a man who just recently peddled Windows 7 in front of a Mac on U.S. national TV, Phil. Sheesh.
Elmer-DeWitt’s full misreading of last evening’s event here.
MacDailyNews Take: Here’s how the rest of the world saw the event:
• Microsoft opens CES without much-hyped tablet, highlights past successes – CNN International
• Why the Microsoft-HP Tablet Is a Big Disappointment – PC World
• Tablets at CES: Microsoft fails to wow – BBC News
• Ballmer shows HP slate/tablet PC in CES snooze-athon – The Guardian
• CES 2010: Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer fails to wow crowds at opening – The Telegraph
• Microsoft generates little buzz in CES opener – MSNBC
We’re going to chalk this one up to temporary insanity probably induced by Ballmer’s mind-numbing presentation itself. Get well soon, Phil!