Microsoft Working on Tablet

9:30 AM -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is developing competitors for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad, CEO Steve Ballmer assured analysts yesterday.

According to Ballmer, the tablets will be based on Windows 7, with Intel processors, and they will be unveiled soon -- some designs by the end of the year.

"They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready," Ballmer said. "It is job one urgency. No one is sleeping at the switch."

"It ain't a long time from now," he added later on in the conversation, channeling his inner Billy Ray Cyrus.

Ballmer admitted Microsoft has fallen behind on tablet computers and that Apple has "sold certainly more than I'd like them to have sold."

He did, however, take one shot at the iPad: "When you get your Windows 7 machine, it will print. Some people actually like to print every now and then."

— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:28:24 PM
re: Microsoft Working on Tablet

What operating system will it use? They don't have a viable mobile OS and I doubt folks will want their tablet computer taking longer to boot than their laptops.

Just sayin'.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:28:22 PM
re: Microsoft Working on Tablet

So we're talking the same old Windows OS, minus the keypad and mouse? I don't think it will cannabolize the PC market as some suggest, but I also don't think it will do much of anything.

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