“Last night’s keynote address by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer came and went without a mention of a Microsoft tablet. Ballmer had a line up of products that included a tablet PC from HP. He spent less than a minute showing it off,” Laura Sydell reports for NPR.
“This morning, I interviewed Ballmer and asked him about the market for tablet/slate computers,” Sydell reports. “He made the excitement sound like empty chatter. He claimed to believe that there isn’t a sizeable market for the tablet. ‘They’re interesting,’ he said. ‘But it’s not like they’re big numbers compared to the total number of smart devices in the world.'”
“As the world knows, everyone is anticipating a tablet computer from Apple later this winter. Based on the veracity of past rumors about Apple, I believe this to be true,” Sydell reports. “I asked Ballmer, ‘Why would Apple spend so much money and time on a tablet if there wasn’t a big market?’ He deftly deflected my question saying, ‘You’d have to ask Apple.'”
Full article, in which Sydell gives Ballmer far too much credit than he deserves using her “logic” that – get this – Ballmer knew Google would be huge therefore he has a tablet behind his back, here.
MacDailyNews Take: There isn’t a sizable market for tablets with a Microsoft OS, that much has been proven. And, there’s no deftness about Ballmer, Laura. As usual, he simply doesn’t know what to say until Steve Jobs shows him what Microsoft will be trying to copy for at least as long as until Ballmer’s “retirement” and probably much longer than that. May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft’s CEO for as long as it takes!
Once he sees Apple’s “tablet,” we’ll get something like this from Mr. Deft Deflector:
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