Microsoft Announces New Tablet Line-up

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the opportunity last night at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce a new line of Windows-based tablets.

I actually don't have a problem with Steve Ballmer, but this image...

The Register is reporting that Microsoft’s CEO waxed lyrical about three different upcoming tablet PCs that will be released running Windows, including offerings from HP, Archos and Pegatron. While Ballmer was most forthcoming about the device from HP, which we understand Microsoft collaborated on, the one we’re curious to see is the Archos offering. Archos has been in the touch-sensitive display game for a long time when it comes to media players, so we’ll be curious to see what it can do when it comes to a full fledged PC.

Of course, many have been quick to point out that the biggest reason we’re seeing this announcement at CES is because of Apple’s now confirmed announcement on January 26th, which many expect will see the company officially announce and then detail its long-rumoured tablet.

In the interim, the demonstration for HP’s tablet UI has managed to whip up a bit of interest. As Ballmer had speculated around the middle of last year, the tablet space makes a lot of sense when it comes to reading ebooks, though at the time there were few enough services around to allow it. HP’s demo showed off some gesture based controls and an ebook of Twilight…

Still, it’s hard to argue with Ballmer when he says that he thinks people are going to be excited about the new range of tablets, but the real question is whether or not they’ll be more excited by Apple’s announcement, which would seem to be entirely dependent on just what it is that Apple brings to the table on January 26th.

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Announces New Tablet Line-up”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Ironically the demonstration by Microsoft seems to have just whipped up even more fanboy-laden interest in the iSlate… It’s all up for Apple to win, or loose of course.

  2. Fred Says:

    The excitment over Apple’s Tablet will have nothing at all to do with what they introduce, or its features relative to the Microsoft offering – as long as it is called “iSomething” – the media and the consumer market right now is in a mode of “Apple can do no wrong, Microsoft can do no right” thinking.

    • komplettie Says:

      One wonders how long that can continue to be the case in the face of the increasing popularity of Android devices though. They may not be quite as slick as Apple’s one-button iPhone/iPod Touch arrangement, but they are gaining support…

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