Ballmer: ''Full Guns'' on iPad is ''Job One Urgency''

It's no great secret that Apple beat Microsoft (and basically everyone else) to the tablet market in the consumer space. Microsoft isn't happy about that.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the company is hard at work in making a Windows-based tablet that'll go head-to-head against the iPad.

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

On the topic of Apple's success with the iPad, "they've sold certainly more than I'd like them to have sold."

While other companies are tuning special operating systems for its tablet devices, Microsoft is sticking with Windows 7.

"We have got to make things happen," he said. "We're in the process of doing that as we speak. We're working with our hardware partners. We're tuning Windows 7."

One nice side effect of having Windows 7 is that it'll be packed with features that many of us enjoy on our computers. "When you get your Windows 7 machine, it will print," Ballmer said. "Some people actually like to print every now and then."

Ballmer didn't comment when the tablets will be launching, other than "It ain't a long time from now." As for hardware, it'll be Intel-based rather than ARM.

"We're coming," he said. "We're coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows."

(Source: Cnet.)

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  • falchard
    "It's no great secret that Apple beat Microsoft (and basically everyone else) to the tablet market in the consumer space."

    In what alternate universe did Apple beat Microsoft to Tablets?
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  • songemu
    falchard"It's no great secret that Apple beat Microsoft (and basically everyone else) to the tablet market in the consumer space."In what alternate universe did Apple beat Microsoft to Tablets?


    In the one where every major tablet before it has weighed 3+ pounds and was pretty much a cannibalized laptop.
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  • rpgplayer
    hakesterman1920x1080, 4GB RAM, 2GHz Intel dual core, some random nice Nvidia mobile GPU, and full blown windows 7 on a 13" IPS resistive touch panel please.You know, a real tablet?Translates to about 4 HRS Battery Life without all the MS Viruses you will probably get.


    I've been running MS based OS's since windows 3.1, you know how many viruses I've gotten in that 15+ years? Two, one from a stupid chain letter (learned my lesson there), and one from installing a bootleg copy of 'longhorn' the vista beta that a buddy gave to me. Both were easily removed with a simple virus scan/quarantine. IMO if you are suffering from a plethora of viruses you are 1; lax in security software, and 2; downloading pirated software.

    Stay away from Warez and update you're virus scanner at least once a month.


    i've bee
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  • Albyint
    An intel/amd proc would have alot advantages if they could implement it. Paired with a mobile gpu, and throttle software to adjust speed/power demands, and you might have an Ipad killer.

    ......Here is hoping for some competition......
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  • JasonAkkerman
    Go Go Moorestown!!
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  • mcnuggetofdeath
    Pricing is by far the most important thing for me. If it's got 2+ Gb of RAM and the new Atom CPUs I'll probably pick one up. But to dominate the market it needs to be priced at around $400.
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