“Microsoft has struggled to gain traction with a slate-like device, yet each year the company announces new products, software or operating systems that try to promote a world of Windows-based slate computers,” Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times. “Next month, at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft will give it another try, presenting a slew of new slates that it hopes will offer some competition to the Apple iPad, which has quickly become the leader in this market.”
“According to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, is expected to announce a number of these devices when he takes the stage at C.E.S., showcasing devices built by Samsung and Dell, among a number of other manufacturing partners,” Bilton reports.
MacDailyNews Take: Snap some photos; it might be the short-timer’s last time onstage at C.E.S.
Bilton continues, “The Samsung device is described as ‘similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.’ The people familiar with this device said it would run the Windows 7 operating system when in landscape mode, but will also have a layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Sounds really user-friendly. Expect great battery life, too. A vibrant third-party ecosystem and massive app store shouldn’t be at all difficult to conjure up.