Microsoft one ups Apple: shows off it’s on tablet

In an apparent jab at Apple’s much hyped about “Slate,” tablet, Microsoft went on the offensive Thursday at the CES show in Las Vegas. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO showed his company’s answer in the form of the Windows tablet. The windows tablet is a one-piece portable computer without a physical keyboard. Features on it will be a multi-touch screen, instant-on capability and appears to be about 1.4 cm thick. It will run a Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon processor, has all-day battery life and relies on flash memory. The windows 7 operating system will be included as well. Three models were shown during the press conference, one made by Pegatron Corp., another from Arcos, and a prototype from Hewlett Packard (HPQ) that Ballmer says is coming “later this year.” The HP version got the most reaction from the assembled crowd who waited for nearly a hour and twenty minutes for the unveiling. Ballmer played around with the tablet demoing a Amazon (AMZN) Kindle version of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight.” The book’s cover shows a pair of hands cradling an apple.

Apple inc is expected to be launching their slate computer later this month. With the announcement from Microsoft it remains to be seen if Apple will delay the launch. Apple has released any official statements on its upcoming product, but many are looking to their direction for the precedent as to how a slate style PC will function and what applications it will carry.


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