Microsoft to unveil tablet aimed at Apple iPad at CES – again

“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.


  1. What the Zune and Windows Mobile 7 have in common is that they are me-too products that are two steps behind the pioneer. The Windows 7 tablet is going to be just as much a smashing success.

    Product placement won’t help. Notice that Microsoft managed to get the main character on Bones to use a Windows phone, and in the last episode of Criminal Minds, everyone got a tablet. The identity of the tablet is obscure, but it isn’ t an iPad.

    If Microsoft is going to imitate Apple, they are going to have to learn from Apple that the easiest way to dominate a market is to create it.

    I don’t think Ballmer is going anywhere soon. He’s made improvements at Microsoft that impress the board, not with present results but with illusory future potential. It will take a while for the illusion to become apparent.

  2. No one does intuitive, easy to use interfaces like Microsoft. Running a hog like Windows 7 on a slate makes so much sense, I’m shocked Steve Jobs didn’t think of it first.

    Ballmer, your brilliance is evident yet again. May you stay at MS as long as it takes (and then move to Google).

  3. With all the negative images “Windows” has, wouldn’t you expect them to come up with a new name to distance it from “Windows,” like “mOS” or “wOS”… If copying lead to their success in the past, why change the formula.

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