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Microsoft to try iPad rival again with Dell, Samsung at CES

updated 07:15 pm EST, Mon December 13, 2010

Microsoft to show Samsung Gloria, Dell tab at CES

Microsoft will try to force itself back into the tablet market again in 2011 with a repeat of its HP Slate demo at CES this year, a new leak detailed today. CEO Steve Ballmer will once more demonstrate examples of Windows 7 tablets and is expected to highlight both an unnamed Dell example and the Samsung Gloria. The Samsung device depends on a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in landscape but uses an on-screen keyboard in portrait mode, the New York Times heard.

Unlike last year, where Microsoft was trying to preempt Apple by pitching tablets for media first, the emphasis at CES 2011 would be on work. It would target business users who may want some tablet functions but still have access to Office later on. The event would also mirror Microsoft's focus on the cloud and would encourage the design of touch-native HTML5 apps, although they might not be ready to show off and would simply be highlighted in web searches rather than pooled into a central portal like the Chrome Web Store.

Windows 8 might also be shown in early form to show off a tablet-optimized interface, although this isn't considered likely since the release may not be completely until later in 2012.

None of the companies involved would confirm the details, though a leak of Ballmer's presentation for CES 2010 was almost entirely accurate.

The presentation would be an attempt to reboot Microsoft's tablet ambitions for 2011 after what's widely considered a major failure this year. After pitching the HP Slate as the ultimate example of Windows 7 tablets, Microsoft watched the device face a nine month delay getting into the market, missing the iPad launch by half a year. HP itself gave up on Microsoft's hopes for a mainstream release and instead acquired Palm to use webOS. The Slate was eventually relegated to the enterprise as well as niche markets and has sold only 9,000 known orders so far; HP had anticipated just 5,000.

Microsoft had also promised to have other contenders on the market by the end of the year, but many of these have since been pushed off into early 2011. Many have decided to wait on Intel's Oak Trail platform for Atom chips since the existing designs Microsoft wanted them to use have been too power-hungry and too slow.

Apple by contrast has sold almost 7.5 million iPads in its first half-year of sales and is expected to ship over 10 million by the end of 2010, eclipsing all Windows Tablet PC shipments combined.


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  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +17

    Tip For Ballmer

    At your dum-o this year, try doing something more than "Look! Here in my hands ... it's a calculator ... it's a Kindle ... no, it's a tablet-looking thing that's not ready for market and is never going to be sold!!!"

  1. jpellino

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +11

    Why?

    Do they really believe that if MS keeps repeating these bonehead moves on hardware and software that eventually people will buy it? Guess so.

    Windows does not hold the the (slipping) position it does because it is the best OS out there - but because it's slapped into every low price device since they could. Slapping it into some more desirable HW form factor is not going to magically change its behavior.

    I've spent more time now with W7 than with the previous two incarnations. It's definitely prettier. It is infinitesimally more intuitive. It still has the manners of a small child endlessly tugging on its parent's hem with one more question. It is decidedly not what I want to manage with a finger and multitouch interface.

  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +9

    Zero credibility after Kin

    After the Kin launch and relaunch followed by a slow death by killing it's cloud services... users should tread carefully.

  1. chefpastry

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    Joined: Nov 2005

    +5

    Phone and tablet

    I like their strategy. I like it a lot.

  1. ionlyuseosx

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    Joined: Jan 2002

    +2

    Microsoft is not capable simplicity

    Microsoft is not capable of creating any device which runs software that is not complex. They can try and copy Apple until the end of time but It's the power of simplicity that wins in the end. Who in their right mind would want to run any version of Windows on an iPad like device?

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +5

    I swear Microsoft must be listening to fanbois

    and not the average consumer when it comes to any sort of simple device. Or maybe it just has to do with Microsoft's stubbornness to believe that every device ever made has to have desktop Windows OS on it. It's like if you're a hammer builder, you only want to use nails to construct everything. I just refuse to believe that the average consumer wants or needs to use a full Windows tablet to check email, play a few games, or write some short notes. The fanbois keep yelling that they want a tablet to run Microsoft Office. C'mon, that's absolutely crazy. Let Microsoft create some stripped down, touch-enabled version of Office if that's the case. Office must have millions of lines of code and no Atom processor is going to make that load responsive.

    There is no current reasonably priced technology that's going to comfortably run Windows and Office in a half-inch thick tablet. Why a company like Microsoft doesn't understand this is beyond reason. I want to see this Windows tablet fail miserably in consumer sales and then maybe Microsoft will finally get that it's not practical to sail the Windows equivalent of the Independence of the Seas cruise ship down the Mississippi river.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    Joined: Jul 2009

    +1

    This year...

    will REALLY be the year of the Window's-based tablet form factor device! 2010 was just the warmup baby. 2011, both barrels!

  1. qazwart

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    Joined: Apr 2001

    +2

    It's a tablet! No it's a dessert topping!

    So, in one orientation, there's a keyboard and Windows 7, but hold it another way, and you have a different GUI layer? That's a winner.

    Got news for Microsoft: The iPad is being used in business. Trading floors find it quite useful. You can carry it with you while you jump around from person to person.

    Keyboard? Apple got it right. Keyboards aren't for tablets. I've seen people use iPads for work. They use them because they're light and portable. You can hold them in one hand and type with the other -- not as fast as a keyboard, but then you don't have to put it down on a table to enter data on it. The iPad can use a BlueTooth keyboard, and I've seen that being used by many businesses too.

    Microsoft actually has a good OS in WP7. It's been highly praised by critics, and could be the basis of a good desktop system. It's way better thought out than Android and might even have a few leads over iOS. Unfortunately, it hasn't been a big market success and it will never be allowed to be put on anything bigger than a phone. This has to do with Microsoft internal politics with the WIndows 7 team protecting their turf.

    By the way, the HP Slate 500 is for sale, and has been marked down from $1000 to a mere $799, only $300 more than the iPad.

  1. freddymac

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    Joined: Jul 2010

    +3

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "depends on a slide-out QWERTY keyboard"

    Keep it up Monkey Boy, your the best, XOXOXOXO.

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006

    +3

    @iphonerulez

    Microsoft got no fanboys. They got MicroSheep though. ;)

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