Expect Microsoft to give the tablet market another go in 2011 as the software giant is said to be working with hardware partners on a number of Windows-powered tablet PCs, many of which will be on display at CES in January.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will announce a slew of Windows tablet PCs built by Samsung and Dell. The report also mentions “a number of other manufacturing partners,” but declines to name them.
In a presentation last July at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Ballmer claimed Sony, Asus, and Toshiba were making Windows tablets, and a presentation slide listed HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and MSI, among others as also working with Microsoft on slates.
One detail leaked in the report by “people with knowledge of these devices” claims Samsung is working on a device “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.” In addition, it will run Windows 7 in landscape mode and sport a custom user interface skin that will appear when the tablet is in portrait mode and the keyboard retracted.
The detail gives credence to reports and pictures last week of a device fitting that description, which first appeared on the French gadget blog blogeee.net. The tipster claimed the device is the Samsung Gloria and that it will launch in March or April 2011.
HTML 5 Windows 7
According to the NYT report, Microsoft is telling partners to build and host applications using HTML 5. This is similar to the Google Chrome model, but varies from the Apple App Store and Android Market model where users download applications that live on their devices.
Source: New York Times