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

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Windows 7 tablets to be Intel-based, not ARM, and they will print.

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 , August 1, 2010 8:01 PM
    "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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    rpgplayer , August 1, 2010 9:14 PM
    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
  • 11 Hide
    songemu , August 1, 2010 9:00 PM
    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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    Albyint , August 1, 2010 7:29 PM
    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 , August 1, 2010 7:33 PM
    Go Go Moorestown!!
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    mcnuggetofdeath , August 1, 2010 7:38 PM
    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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    Anonymous , August 1, 2010 7:39 PM
    I have a Fujitsu T5010 Tablet with Vista Business, now installed Windows 7 Business. Microsoft really has to get in the game and the only way to do it is go big or stay home. It really has to smoke, lets face it if they build it (and it works well) they will buy it by the multi millions, not just 3 million.....
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    falchard , August 1, 2010 8:01 PM
    "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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    hakesterman , August 1, 2010 8:01 PM
    "They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready," Ballmer said. "It is job one urgency. No one is sleeping at the switch."

    Dude your Company(MS) has been a sleep on this for over a year. I don't care how urgent you place it now, you will never catch up to the Ipad. You should be fired for this alone.
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    danimal_the_animal , August 1, 2010 8:08 PM
    It better not have a lame ass 1024x768 resolution.....this lame resolution goes all the way back to the quake days with 486 CPU's

    it needs to be FULL 720p (1366x768) MINIMUM!
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    danimal_the_animal , August 1, 2010 8:10 PM
    it also needs to handle 1080p video.

    if it can do this i will buy one for sure.
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    anamaniac , August 1, 2010 8:22 PM
    1920x1080, 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?
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    hakesterman , August 1, 2010 8:32 PM
    1920x1080, 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.



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    freiheitner , August 1, 2010 8:33 PM
    Microsoft is going full guns to catch up. So what's the news here? I've been seeing that since they failed to ship Windows 95 in 1994 and hurried to make it look as much like OS/2 as they could.
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    exodite , August 1, 2010 8:40 PM
    What's the point of trying to beat the iPad, there's yet to be established that there's any kind of market for tablets in the first place.

    They're essentially even less powerful netbooks with no keyboard, non-portable media players or oversized smartphones with no phone functionality.

    All the big manufacturers might want to dazzle us with sales and cool features but until there's a mean killer app that only tablets handle well you're better off waiting for them to hit eBay en masse before taking the plunge on one.
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    ricardok , August 1, 2010 8:42 PM
    The thing comes down to "What apps/games can it run?". Sure, it will run FLASH, but, hey, people buy Apple things because those come with the iTunes store so people can buy a bunch of games that costs .99... That's why Apple is winning this round.

    I don't even own an apple device, but it's the truth..
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    JOSHSKORN , August 1, 2010 8:43 PM
    Lets hope the Windows 7 tablet includes all of the features that the iPad lacked and more.
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    lashton , August 1, 2010 8:54 PM
    apple did not beat everyone to the consumer market on tablets, they just marketed thier device like no one else did, why bring a device to market when apple will do the market branding, research and then you see if people will buy it then release better designed
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    songemu , August 1, 2010 9:00 PM
    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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    Anonymous , August 1, 2010 9:03 PM
    As this statement has nothing to do with the story, ignore this as you choose, but have you ever noticed, that as the years pass...Ballmer looks more and more like Peter Boyle as Frankenstein's Monster in Young Frankenstein."Puttin on the RIIIITZZZ!!!"
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    rpgplayer , August 1, 2010 9:14 PM
    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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    jesman1985 , August 1, 2010 9:42 PM
    wacom intuos4 FOR THE WIN.. no need for an ipad..
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    aaron686 , August 1, 2010 9:56 PM
    rpgplayerI'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



    You forgot one major cause of virus infections:

    plain Utter Stupidity
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