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HP casts doubt on future of Windows 7 slate

updated 10:05 pm EDT, Thu June 17, 2010

HP hints Windows slate obsolete

HP at the Untethered conference today gave reason to believe it's reconsidering its release of the Windows 7 slate. The company's Personal Systems Group CTO Phil McKinney said that using an existing OS for a new design like a tablet is frequently negative but simultaneously talked up the virtues of webOS. Despite the Windows slate being the primary focus of the company's tablet efforts, no mention was made during the presentation.

Suspicion was raised further when Technologizer asked specifically about the Windows 7 slate and was told the company wouldn't talk about it at all until after HP's acquisition of Palm was completed. The view stood in stark contrast to HP's dialog in recent months, when it repeatedly teased the slate and was willing to talk about numerous features.

The statements don't automatically confirm rumors but support the increasing belief that HP is axing the Windows slate in favor of a webOS model. Opposing rumors have questioned this, but there has simultaneously been murmurs of a tablet nicknamed Hurricane that would carry Palm's software as soon as the summer. As a webOS tablet would have to switch from Intel's Atom to an ARM processor, it would likely gain hours of extra battery life, carry lower performance and storage requirements, and have faster graphics for gaming or video, all the while costing less.

An end to the slate would be a symbolic defeat for Microsoft. Company CEO Steve Ballmer hailed the HP slate at his CES keynote as proof Windows 7 would win in tablets, but a premature end would validate beliefs from Apple, Google and now HP that the category needs a mobile-oriented OS, whether iOS, Android or webOS. One of ASUS' future tablets, the Eee Pad EP101TC, will use ARM and Windows Embedded Compact 7 as a hedge against Microsoft's bets on its desktop OS as a foundation for tablets.


By Electronista Staff


  1. jpellino

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    Fifty bucks says...

    ...they heard Ballmer's performance at D8 and are just now removing their jaws from the floor.
    A man who, by the way, ought to actually LISTEN to his trusty sidekick Ray Ozzie - the one man left in Redmond who actually thinks in this century.

  1. jarod

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    Really!! LOLLL!!

  1. iphonerulez

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    HP has clearly decided to stab

    Microsoft and Intel in the back once the Palm deal goes through. HP knows it can't do a thing with that HP Windows 7 tablet as it is and likely not very much with it in the future even with a dual-core Atom. A light Windows 7 tablet is only a curiosity for a few geeks. If it had even the slightest chance of being a success it would have already been on sale. The wildly successful iPad killed the HP Slate cold. Apple changed the course of what consumers expected a tablet to be and the die was cast. No Windows desktop and Intel processor combo in the near future.

  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Hilarious. All the anti iPad hype prerelease and n

    Now that the iPad is out and is showing to be as amazing as advertised, all the other tablet vendors are backing down. Two of the biggest MS and HP have all but canceled for now. All their iPad bashing before release, all attempts to reduce its impact, how much money was wasted I must wonder.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Microsoft tablet? I've seen only one.

    Last August, I saw a guy in a pub with a thin metallic device in a fitted leather case. He said it was a Windows UMPC or slate or something. That's the only one I've ever seen in the wild. And they've been selling those and others like it for what, 9 years already? Pitiful.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Their Own Tablets

    The only tablets MS, HP, Dell, and all the other iPad naysayer vendors have that make them feel any better are those from Bayer, Tylenol, Advil and Aleve. With an occasional oxycontin sneaking in here and there as prescribed.

  1. Bobfozz

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    The rule used to be...

    On the "Windows/MS" side was if it involves a lot of hand waving, promises, "soon" delivery dates, it was vaporware. Seems like that "rule" is still in effect.

    These companies do not seem to GET that Apple uses planning, organization, and tight focus to release new products (if there is a weakness in Apple it is in UNDERESTIMATING the new items wild popularity). When everyone else was releasing SIM slots, talking about Blue-Ray, Apple stayed aloof... they will not RUSH into something that's not in their schedule... and the rest do because of the fear of being left out of the $$$--knee jerk reaction doesn't seem to work so well in the electronics business, if it ever did.

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