Windows 7 Slate Tablet: List of Devices

By Posted 13 Jul 2010, 14:03

At the beginning of the year Microsoft announced at CES 2010 that they would launch the Slate Tablet device along with HP; a few months later they scrapped the idea. Now we are in the second half of 2010 and Steve Ballmer has changed his mind yet again and will release the device – although HP will not be building the device.

I have my theory on both decisions; the first is that HP is no longer in the picture as they want to build their own tablet device with a little help from Palm webOS. The second is that Microsoft has to respond to the fact that Apple’s iPad has been more successful than any of us imaged and the fact that Google and RIM are both working on a tablet device.

Microsoft will be partnering with 5 different vendors, who they have experience with. These are Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony – all of which have knowledge with Windows 7. Paul McDougall from Information Week reports that Ballmer announced that the new range of Windows 7 Slate PCs will be launched over the next few months.

We just hope that they have more success in this market than they currently have in the smartphone market. They spent 2 years developing the Kin One and Kin Two, only to discontinue it after just 2 days of poor sales.

Do you believe that the Windows 7 Slate Tablet device will be a hit?

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  • Tom

    It'll sell esprcially in the buisness market.

  • James

    Dumb question! The world contains a lot more sane people that those that rushed in to buy Apple's overpriced iPad.

    Sane people will have said, interesting, BUT: incompatible, some penny-pinching design "features", and greatly overpriced. When those objections are removed they too will place their money on the counter.

  • james

    My apple iphone is the only web device that I have not had problems with. Hp, sony,
    Dell and now one of my two motion computing tablets have taken a dump. It'll sell….for a while. Until everyone sees that they have as many prolems as the PC's. By that time the iPad will have been updated and hit microsoft hard again.

  • BAM

    The mac line of mobile devices are the sexiest products available, until you want them to do something different than Steve intended. At the point where you want to have access and control of your mobile device iCant becomes a list of obstacles. I have one I love it, however as soon as I run into another hurdle ebay is going to help me trade up to a droid. We will see what the 7 phone comes out with.

    Thanks

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