Report: Microsoft and HP to unveil tablet device tomorrow

Tue, Jan 5, 2010


With Apple expected to introduce its very own tablet device later this month, the offerings at this years CES in Las Vegas are brimming with tablet-esque products from a number of companies looking to beat Apple to the punch. And joining the fray, according to a late report in the New York Times, will be an HP manufactured tablet multimedia device from Microsoft which will function as an e-reader with multimedia capabilities.

On Wednesday, Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, will unveil a novel take on a slate-type computer during his evening keynote at the Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas, according to people familiar with Microsoft’s plans. The slate will be made by Hewlett-Packard and possibly available by mid-year, these people said.

Remember that reports of a Microsoft developed tablet first surfaced back in September under the product or development name Courier. Initial reports suggested that the device would consist of two 7-inch multitouch tablets joined together to create what would seem to be a digital booklet. The booklet, as it were, was reported to support handwriting recognition in addition to having a built in camera on the back.

So can Microsoft pre-empt Apple? Well, if Microsoft’s efforts with Windows Mobile is any indication, we sure as hell wouldn’t bet on it.



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