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Ballmer Says Microsoft is “Hardcore” on Tablets



Steve Ballmer spoke today in Washington DC at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and said that Microsoft is “hardcore” on Tablets, having a range of Windows 7 Tablets. A user reported his remarks to Business Insider along with the snapshot of the screenshot below that lists Tablet Partners Microsoft is working with.

The talk was mostly about Cloud services, but it sounds like Ballmer is going to start beating the Tablet drum saying that Windows 7 slates will start appearing this year. Of course it will take more than words and cheerleading to make this happen. I still remember an MVP keynote when Ballmer took notes on a piece of paper wishing I could have asked him why he didn’t use a Tablet PC at that point.



  1. Steve S

    07/12/2010 at 7:50 am

    Time out…

    Fujitsu?!?? Slates…?!??

  2. John Allison

    07/12/2010 at 9:06 am

    If Microsoft was hardcore on tablets you’d be able to turn off that infernal ring that splashes every time you click.

    If Microsoft was hardcore on tablets, a “Windows slate” wouldn’t describe a $2000+ computer marketed almost solely to some mysterious “vertical market”.

    If Microsoft was hardcore on tablets, Autodesk wouldn’t recommend XP Tablet Edition for the newest Sketchbook Pro – and believe me, they do.

    I feel sorry for the poor Windows tablet team. We all know what good work they have done. And sometimes it seems to have been for so little.

  3. Dennisvjames

    07/13/2010 at 6:42 am

    Love to see Microsoft figure this one out. I use a Lenovo tablet with OneNote. Couldn’t be happier. Best piece of equipment/software that I’ve ever used. Add Evernote to that mix and you have a perfect marriage of equipment/software/cloud.

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