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NYT: Windows 8 Tablet May Be Introduced at CES

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Will Windows 7 devices have to share the spotlight at CES in January?

Windows 7 has been extremely well received but we'd be lying if we said we weren't already a little bit intrigued about Windows 8. We've been hearing snippets about the next version of Windows for a long time and it's safe to say our curiosity is well and truly piqued.

Fortunately, it looks like we may not have long to wait before we get to see a little bit of Windows 8 love. The New York Times is reporting that we may see a Windows 8 tablet demo at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.

NYT cites people familiar with the matter in reporting that the Ballmer keynote will feature a lot of tablet-talk. Ballmer will apparently demo several slate devices, including offerings from Dell and Samsung. The Samsung device is said to feature Windows 7, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a special UI layer for when the tablet is in portrait mode.

However, the most interesting thing NYT sources came out with was that Ballmer might also introduce a tablet or companion device featuring Windows 8. Sources didn't give any more detail than that, but it's certainly gotten us all excited for CES next month.

Last year Ballmer and HP beat Apple to the tablet punch and announced the HP Slate (pictured), which was running Windows 7. Unfortunately, the two companies shared very little information about the device, and couldn't even say when it would be available to purchase. The iPad came and went and there was still no sign of the HP Slate. Eventually word got out that HP had decided to can the device as far as the consumer market was concerned and instead use it to target the enterprise market. Despite being announced before the iPad, it only went on sale last month.

Let's hope Microsoft and Ballmer do a better job of delivering on CES 2011's promises, whatever they turn out to be.

(via PC World)

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    Bolbi , December 14, 2010 7:23 PM
    I'd be surprised if Microsoft really showed off a device running a pre-build of Windows 8 at CES. Windows 7 SP1 isn't even out the door yet!
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    the_krasno , December 14, 2010 8:01 PM
    Too soon for windows 8. I like 7 the way it is. Rather than a new OS, what about an SP2 that actually brings nice stuff?
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    joytech22 , December 14, 2010 8:48 PM
    I have my suspicions that Windows 8 isn't designed for desktop systems, according to leaks it looks more like it's aimed at portable devices.

    I think this because:

    Speculation about Cloud
    Nifty features helpful for smaller screens (I heard somewhere, probably on toms)

    Just my $0.02
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    hiruu , December 14, 2010 8:59 PM
    Zzzz....ZZzzzzz...M$ was snozzing on the tablet wave, and now has to play catch up, on something they could very well have been at the forefront of...senseless. How the heck do they spend THAT much on R&D and can't get a decent tablet launched? Now we would have to wait for a NEW OS to get tablet functions...Zzzzz...Zzzzzz....snoozing again!
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    zachary k , December 14, 2010 9:48 PM
    way to soon for windows 7, windows 8 as a tablet OS would be a good idea. a full OS that WORKS on a tablet? MS isn't playing catchup, they were just taking their sweet time to release something better.
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    radioactine man , December 14, 2010 10:55 PM
    Windows 8 RTM most likely be 2012
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    wesleywatson , December 14, 2010 11:02 PM
    I'm starting to think that Windows 8 is not meant to be Windows 7's replacement, but instead targets a different audience. I think Windows 8 may end up going against Chrome OS, and somewhat the iPad. And also that it will be mainly 64 bit, with basic editions meant for odd hardware that are 32 bit.
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    dimar , December 14, 2010 11:06 PM
    If they keep on releasing the same 1024x600, 1GB of RAM cr@p, I'll never be interested in those tablets. How about 12" 1400x/1600x capacitive t. screen, 4GB of RAM, high speed SDXC card reader... and so on...
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    JOSHSKORN , December 15, 2010 12:30 AM
    I can't wait until this tablet fad is over with, really. It won't be long. They might be good for business, but that's it. I would like to see maybe a 22" tablet with a foldout keyboard and a stand, if it doesn't exist already. If it's powerful enough for high end games, it MIGHT catch on big time.
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    Pawessum16 , December 15, 2010 2:04 AM
    JOSHSKORNI can't wait until this tablet fad is over with, really. It won't be long. They might be good for business, but that's it. I would like to see maybe a 22" tablet with a foldout keyboard and a stand, if it doesn't exist already. If it's powerful enough for high end games, it MIGHT catch on big time.

    LOL isn't that called a laptop
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    dEAne , December 15, 2010 4:45 AM
    I do wish microsoft could say it right about windows 8, I interested to know in advanced about windows 8.
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    reggieray , December 15, 2010 12:31 PM
    Epic Fail, MS days are numbered.
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    eddieroolz , December 16, 2010 3:26 AM
    I think a tablet running a pre-build version of Windows 8, showing off its suitability for the tablet form factor will be a good PR move.
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    Anonymous , April 17, 2011 12:49 PM
    a 22 inch tablet is already in the works, couldn't find the article. In the long run I think that Hp will be the one that dropped the ball not ms as they don't make computer just software. They already are going to miss the explosion on wp7 devices due 2012 with Nokia and HTC leading the way followed by Dell, Hp could have been on top of that list too. WP7 is out pacing everyone in app development and I think that there's is gonna be a bigger serge with mango coming and all the Nokia partner converts that already have thousand of apps on a different platform who also is getting free Nokia wp7 devices.