Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the launch of Windows Slate by 2010 Christmas season to counter Apple’s iPad. He announced this to the audience at the London School of Economics. “You’ll see new slates with Windows on them. You’ll see them this Christmas”, he told. The Slate tablets would come loaded with Windows Embedded Compact 7 – previously known as Windows Embedded CE/Windows CE. These Windows 7 based tablets will be a productivity device and a consumption device.
“They’ll come with keyboards, they’ll come without keyboards, they’ll be dockable, there’ll be many form factors, many price points, many sizes, but they will all run Windows 7. They will run Windows 7 applications. They will run Office.” – Steve Ballmer announced as reported by Reuters.
Slate Tablet PCs
Slate Tablet PCs have no lid or keyboard, which makes them slimmer and lighter in weight than most convertible Tablet PCs. You can hold a slate Tablet PC in one hand and write on the screen with the other hand, like using a clipboard. If you want to use an external keyboard and mouse, you simply attach them to the Tablet PC. A slate Tablet PC can rest easily in the crook of your arm while you write so that you can take notes, fill out forms, or read and write e‑mail with ease while on the go, sitting in a meeting or class, or relaxing on your couch. You can also lay it flat on a table or desk to do your work. [source] Photo Credit: CNET
During the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in January, Ballmer had stated that there will be Windows OS run Tablet PC, called the HP Slate, which will be termed as a perfect Apple iPad killer. But later HP dropped the Windows plan for their Slate saying Windows 7 wasn’t good enough for tablets and the Intel hardware was “too power hungry”.
According to Business World, IT research firm Gartner expects 10 million tablet PCs to be sold this year as consumers begin embracing such devices, which include Dell’s Streak and Asustek’s Eee Pad. The Apple iPad alone sold 3.3 million in its first quarter. [source]
Watch this video to know about the working of Microsoft Slate Tablet.Thanks to CDernbach.