Microsoft to Kick Off its Slate at CES. Again

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Apparently Microsoft is gearing up to kick start slate tablet computers at CES, just as it did last year. Sources familiar with the company’s plans claim CEO Steve Ballmer will show off slate devices from several partners — just as he did last year.

Mr. Ballmer will apparently have slate tablets from Samsung, Dell and other manufacturers to show off during his CES keynote presentation, according to the New York Times. His plan is to highlight devices designed to steal some tablet marketshare from Apple’s iPad.

Steve Ballmer shows off a slate during his CES 2010 keynote

Microsoft plans to present its partner devices at tools designed for actual work, implying the iPad is for casual entertainment. “[Microsoft] believes there is a huge market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work,” an unnamed source said.

Apparently Microsoft is pushing slate builders to design Web-based apps for their devices instead of native applications. In contrast, Apple supports its App Store for developers that code native apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Mr. Ballmer attempted to breath life into iPad-like tablet computers he called slates during his keynote presentation at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in 2010. The devices he quickly showed were prototypes, and few are available nearly a year after Mr. Ballmer’s presentation.

CES runs from January 6 through January 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mac Observer will be on location covering the event’s news and products.

Comments

Tiger

Microsoft, hire some PR people that will tell you the truth. Photographing him holding the slate evokes the image of someone playing with an Etch-a-Sketch.

jfbiii

In the first year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, an OS not optimized for touch.

In the second year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, two failed slates and an OS not optimized for touch.

mthom

The days of Microsoft FUD have become DUD!!

mhikl

With each instalment of vapourware, the iPad looks to be taking the same blazing train the iPod ventured upon. And with each ballyhoo, Ballmer looks like a fading movie star, fluttering his eyes, dancing his spin higher and higher while wondering where the beauty’s gone. This is long beyond embarrassing. Ballmer’s every appearance is just like another very bad gong show, a dying script on life support.

There is no excuse and I find it cruel and uncaring that no one at M$ will get the hook for this wanton performer and pull his plug. His dear wife must shudder every time he leaves for the office. I hope his children are past their teen years. If not, my advice would be to tell their friends he’s their idiot uncle who escaped from the sanatorium.

So sad, so bad, so not iPad.

Lee Dronick

In the first year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, an OS not optimized for touch.

In the second year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, two failed slates and an OS not optimized for touch.

In the third year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, three hours of battery life, two failed slates and an OS not optimized for touch.

mrmwebmax

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In the third year of tablets Steve Ballmer gave to me, three hours of battery life….

Nice one!

Wow…what can be said for this train wreck? It is the exact opposite of Apple, and Steve Jobs. Steve B, a year ago, demonstrates prototype tables at CES, prototypes that all become vaporware. Then Steve Jobs demonstrates the iPad, which was NOT a prototype, and was soon shipping as fast as Apple and their manufacturing partners could get them into millions of customers’ hands.

What completely opposite approaches: Microsoft is so desperate for media attention that they’ll let their CEO demo prototypes at CES, whereas Apple keeps everything under wraps with the media as best as they can until Steve J is ready to demo a product they know will work.

Ballmer is making a fool of himself, and by extension, his company. Wall Street analysts are saying this will be a challenging year for the company. And no matter their cash hoard, there is nary a positive thing being said about then in the press, or by the analysts.

Meanwhile, Apple’s stock is projected to clear $400—by far—and I didn’t invest when it could be had for a song!

*headdesk*
*headdesk*
*headdesk*

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