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Steve Ballmer Has an 80-inch Windows 8 Tablet in His Office

By - Source: Wired | B 51 comments

Bigger is better, right?

Microsoft's Windows 8 is scheduled for launch later this year and we're fully prepared for manufacturers to start churning out Windows 8 tablets as soon as it does launch. However, rumor has it there is already at least one interesting Windows 8 device in the wild. Well, that is if you consider Steve Ballmer's office 'the wild.'

Microsoft Vice President Frank Shaw this morning told Wired UK that Steve Ballmer has traded in his phone and note pad in exchange for a big Windows 8 tablet. Like, a really big tablet.

"Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office," Shaw is quoted as saying. "He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall."

If that sounds a bit out there to you, then brace yourself for this next part: Ballmer and the gang are planning to bring this massive 80-inch tablet to market. Similar to Microsoft Surface, the tablet isn't aimed at the general consumer. However, Shaw notes that may not mean much in the long run.

"It's not a consumer thing now, but we know historically that that's how all things start," he said, later adding, "Every screen should be touch, every screen should be a computer and should be able to see out as well as see in. That is the way the world is heading [and] those screens are going to be big, small, wall-sized and desk-sized."

Shaw provided little else in the way of details regarding Ballmer's big Windows 8 device, so we don't have any idea about what kind of hardware is powering the wall-tablet or when it will launch, but we're betting it won't be cheap when it does.

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    razor512 , May 28, 2012 2:30 PM
    I will wait until the portable 80 inch tablet comes out (and it better have built in cellphone functionality).

    Isn't everyone sick of tiny tablets with their 10 inch screens? 80 inches means you will be able to enjoy movies on the go without having to squint at a small screen, you will also have ample workspace for typing/ editing tweets.
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    velocityg4 , May 28, 2012 2:46 PM
    Traded in his phone and notepad. I suppose when he leaves the office he can afford to have a peon strap it to his back and follow him around.
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    mcd023 , May 28, 2012 2:08 PM
    I played around with a Microsoft Surface at a dev workshop in Houston and, I gotta say, it was pretty cool. Also, the office has a 360 with kinect and a driving chair (with throttle, brake, and steering). What a cool place to (not) work!
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    NightLight , May 28, 2012 2:05 PM
    can't wait to get a win 8 tablet!
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    mcd023 , May 28, 2012 2:08 PM
    I played around with a Microsoft Surface at a dev workshop in Houston and, I gotta say, it was pretty cool. Also, the office has a 360 with kinect and a driving chair (with throttle, brake, and steering). What a cool place to (not) work!
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    razor512 , May 28, 2012 2:30 PM
    I will wait until the portable 80 inch tablet comes out (and it better have built in cellphone functionality).

    Isn't everyone sick of tiny tablets with their 10 inch screens? 80 inches means you will be able to enjoy movies on the go without having to squint at a small screen, you will also have ample workspace for typing/ editing tweets.
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    alterecho , May 28, 2012 2:44 PM
    "every screen should be a computer and should be able to see out as well as see in"

    What about sunscreen? :p 
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    velocityg4 , May 28, 2012 2:46 PM
    Traded in his phone and notepad. I suppose when he leaves the office he can afford to have a peon strap it to his back and follow him around.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2012 2:58 PM
    This pushing for every screen to be Touch enabled makes me want to SMASH A TOUCHSCREEN as hard as I can into Ballmers fat ugly round face!!

    EFF OFF MICROSOFT with your stupid touch concept and leave my desktop alone !
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    SmileyTPB1 , May 28, 2012 3:19 PM
    Historically how many great things from MS have started in the CEO's office? Anyone? Anyone?
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    razor512 , May 28, 2012 3:19 PM
    for random on the go work, a touchscreen is fine but if you just want to sit back and relax and watch a movie, it is annoying, imagine trying to use photoshop or watch a movie in a home environment with smudges all over the screen, it is worst than having a few dead pixels.

    if it is on th go then the environment is not very ideal so smudges are less noticeable
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    memadmax , May 28, 2012 3:20 PM
    Touchscreens have their niche use... but they are not for everyone obviously....

    I think it's foolhardy to put "all your eggs" into the touchscreen basket
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    eddieroolz , May 28, 2012 3:23 PM
    That is badass. Imagine him viewing presentations like some spaceship commander.
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    mortonww , May 28, 2012 3:37 PM
    How did this replace his phone?
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    isogeo , May 28, 2012 3:47 PM
    Metro UI looks like Lotus Notes, circa 1998. Maybe he's nostalgic.
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    The_Trutherizer , May 28, 2012 3:52 PM
    Well he's right that everything will be screens with build in PC and phone, etc... Eventually. I just think that it won't fly until all the big manufacturers can standardize components/ports/accessories across the board. In short we're going to have to wait for the patent wars to settle down first. Until then it's just going to be a pain in the ass for the consumer and personally I'm not falling for that one.
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    cookoy , May 28, 2012 3:53 PM
    If it's such a great thing, why not let every microsoft employees use one in the office. Nope, only CEOs are allowed to play during working hours.
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    bystander , May 28, 2012 3:58 PM
    mortonwwHow did this replace his phone?

    Some tablets have phone capabilities, I assume his does. I also assume he must use bluetooth as well, or all his calls are conference calls.
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    chewy1963 , May 28, 2012 4:07 PM
    SmileyTPB1Historically how many great things from MS have started in the CEO's office? Anyone? Anyone?


    Microsoft Basic started in the CEO's office (Bill Gates) lol.
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    vittau , May 28, 2012 4:41 PM
    bystanderSome tablets have phone capabilities, I assume his does. I also assume he must use bluetooth as well, or all his calls are conference calls.

    Never mind the fact that it's an 80-inch tablet.
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    dogman_1234 , May 28, 2012 4:46 PM
    His is bigger than yours...
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    bystander , May 28, 2012 4:51 PM
    dogman_1234His is bigger than yours...

    He must be over compensating for something ;) 
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