Christmas gets tablet-crazy: Microsoft announces Windows slates by holiday season

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

SlateAs Microsoft struggles for relevance in the fast-paced, highly competitive portable device market, chief exec Steve Ballmer promised a Microsoft slate tablet by the Christmas season. Does this mean it will be buyable? Not necessarily—just that we'll "see" them.

The timing coincides with Research in Motion's Blackberry PlayBook, a hardware-heavy 7-inch device, and also somewhat with the forthcoming Dell streak, available in a PlayBook size and a 10-inch iPad size. Speaking of the iPad, Christmas is also looking like a good time for Apple to unveil a second-gen iPad, which is starting to look woefully underwhelming as considerably more capable tablets prep for market launch.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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