Microsoft Set to Present ‘Slate PCs’ To Rival iPad at CES

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According to reports, Microsoft is preparing to announce their Take 2, or Take 3, or perhaps Take 10 on a range of tablets PCs to rival the iPad, at next month’s CES event.

Microsoft will again present Slate PCs running Windows 7 at next month’s 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, hoping to offer users an alternative to Apple’s iPad.

According to a report by New York Times, "Microsoft’s chief executive [Steve Ballmer] is expected to announce a number of these devices when he takes the stage at CES, showcasing devices built by Samsung and Dell, among a number of other manufacturing partners."

The report said that the new crop of Slate PCs include a model from Samsung "similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing."

Not to spend too much time stating the extremely obvious here, but I’m thinking the odds on these new slates being big hits seem rather on the long side.The iPad already has an enormous head start and will soon be moving to its second generation; and Microsoft are the ones who have been messing with tablets for 10 years or so and essentially getting nowhere in terms of consumer appeal. More than anything though, the one thing that most says ‘immediate fail’ for me is that the new ‘slates’ will be running Windows 7. I just don’t believe that a desktop OS, and especially a desktop OS from Microsoft, is the way forward for tablets.

For now, I’d mark these down as not likely competitors for the iPad.

What do you all think? Is Microsoft going to suddenly get it right with tablets next year?

News Via: Apple Insider

Patrick Jordan

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