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Old 07-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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Ballmer: Microsoft is "hardcore" about Win7 Slates

http://www.techflash.com/seattle/201...windows_7.html

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"You need to see between us and our hardware (partners), a range of slates and a range of phones that you can take to your customer when they come with this, that or the other random device that's not currently supported by corporate IT," Ballmer said via webcast. "We want to give you a great device, a consumer oriented device, but a device that fits and is manageable with today's enterprise IT solutions."
Impressive list of partners (including HP, apparently)



(But it should be noted that Windows Mobile had 50 announced partners...and it turned out HTC sold 80% of WinMo phones)
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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It is a very exciting time to be in the market for a slate. I am so ready for a Windows 7 slate, how much longer do we have to wait?
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:11 PM   #3
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how much longer do we have to wait?
well according to the pic: something less than 5.5 months
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:41 PM   #4
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Hmm, Onkyo...
I wonder if it'll come with home theater software and infrared support.

Given that high end remotes cost more than tablets...
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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more than likely it will be home prim. version of win 7. My concern is with battery life and the needed memory requirements. I am looking forward to seeing the slates and I really hope they do show up and that they work.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:07 PM   #6
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If they're so "hardcore" about slates, they'd better start showing us some products. The iPad is out NOW. Even as a fan of Windows, if I'm in the market for a tablet device a list of companies who will be making one can't compete with a device in my hand.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:23 PM   #7
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While it would be nice if they could keep companies like Fujitsu in the slate market (they recently discontinued their Stylistic ST6000 line), there are a couple of slates running (or which can run) Windows 7 available:

http://www.motioncomputing.com/produ...let_pc_J35.asp

http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/arch...-33800951.html

Unfortunately, the marketplace has mostly switched over to convertibles (pending the release of devices intended to compeat w/ the iPad). This has gotten so bad that some people purchase the Axiotron ModBook:

http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=home

and then install Windows on it.

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:24 PM   #8
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well according to the pic: something less than 5.5 months
MS always delivers their OSs on time.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:13 PM   #9
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well according to the pic: something less than 5.5 months
Unless they don't mean calendar year, just within the next year
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:58 PM   #10
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http://www.dynamism.com/notebooks/viliv-x70.shtml For what I want, most slates (like the iPad) are too big to carry around.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:23 PM   #11
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http://www.dynamism.com/notebooks/viliv-x70.shtml For what I want, most slates (like the iPad) are too big to carry around.
I'm holding out for the Core ULV slates that are coming (like the Asus eeePad) but the Vilivs are awfully tempting, both the X70 and the Blade...
So far I'm (barely) restraining myself.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:49 PM   #12
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I do not think it is too late for Microsoft to offer a compelling Windows 7 tablet ... but the "Windows" is definitely closing. They have virtually lost the phone market ... and the tablet is the bridge from phone to netbook to laptop to desktop to enterprise. The stakes, therefore, are very high. Microsoft cannot afford to play "me too" games and expect to be a significant player in the mobile device market three years from now.
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I do not think it is too late for Microsoft to offer a compelling Windows 7 tablet ... but the "Windows" is definitely closing.
The only hitch being that Microsoft isn't going to offer any tablet, that's up their hardware partners to do. Windows 7/Surface is touch ready now it's up to the OEMs to deliver the hardware.
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"We want to give you a great device, a consumer oriented device, but a device that fits and is manageable with today's enterprise IT solutions."

No one who speaks like this to consumers has my confidence.

Or maybe there are more consumers out there concerned with "today's enterprise IT solutions" than I realize.
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To me, it all sounds like blah, blah, blah. Show me by shipping your product.
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