Microsoft Working on Tablet
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