Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft will show more iPad killing Windows based Slates
With year 2011 just two weeks away, we'll get to see loads of new technologies and gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 starting in the first week of January. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might show off new Slate style tablets at the keynote address on January 5, reported The New York Times. People familiar with Microsoft's plans also tipped NY Times saying Ballmer might also show Windows 8 Tablet functionality and other devices running the same OS at the keynote address.
Last year, Steve Ballmer showed HP Slate running Windows 7 Starter edition and the HP Slate 500 was finally launched in late October. Now, at the CES 2011 keynote, Ballmer is rumored to show off more Slate like tablets that will compete head-to-head with Apple iPad. These Slate devices would be built mostly by Dell and Samsung. So, the recently buzzing Samsung Galaxy Tab Gloria tablet running Windows 7 might be shown.
Samsung's Windows OS running tablet will have a slide-out slick keyboard and will have iPad-like features. Microsoft is reportedly encouraging developers to create HTML5 based web apps instead of native apps. However, those web apps won't be sold at Microsoft Marketplace.
The most interesting news is that Ballmer might be showing off devices running its next major operating system - Windows 8. Last we reported that Windows 8 is expected to hit markets only in 2012. But it's likely that Microsoft might tease an early peek into the development of the Windows 8 operating system.
It took 10 months for HP to come up with Slate while many competitors including Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook have been announced already. Considering Windows 8's arrival in 2012, we'll already have a number of tablets based on Apple iOS, RIM's BlackBerry OS and Google's Android in the markets by then. One way Microsoft can lead the tablet market space is to start pulling up its socks and come up with Windows 8 tablets and devices as soon as possible.