Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may see a future where tablets running Windows are the status quo, but according to the latest talk from Taipei manufacturers are only considering Atom-based Windows slates to stay in favor with Intel. DigiTimes' sources claim that despite Intel's aggressive promotion, notebook manufacturers are still looking to ARM-based tablets running Android rather an an Atom/Windows pairing; in fact, they've taken some persuading to even just create reference designs.
If you're a fan of Microsoft, you have your reasons. Whether or not Steve Ballmer, the tech giant's current CEO, has anything to do with that probably has a lot to do with personal opinion. Watching Steve Ballmer on stage brings a new sort of excitement that hasn't been seen in quite awhile, but unfortunately that's not where money comes from. And, if a new report from inside sources is any indicator, Ballmer's lack of creating anything new and exciting may be coming around to bite him where it counts.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that ASUS, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony will all be launching Windows 7 based slate form-factor tablets this year. Speaking at the Worldwide Partner Conference today, Ballmer declined to mention specific models or specifications, but did say that various form-factors and functionality would be on offer, including slates with keyboards, touchscreen-only models, some dockable and others able to handle digital ink.
Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, can always be counted on to make a conference, no matter the setting, an interesting one. This time around, while sitting on All Thing D's stage at the D8 conference, Ballmer managed to cover just about everything he could that relates to Microsoft. From Apple, the iPhone and iPad, to Google's multiple Operating Systems, he painted a very colorful picture of what he thinks about all of it.
Well, that was quick. We had brought you a story earlier today, about a particular analyst out there who believed, pretty strongly, that Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, would actually be making an appearance at this year's WWDC. You know, the one that's built around Apple's developer community, and where they're likely to announce the next iPhone. Apparently Ballmer was going to show up to announce something like Silverlight on the iPhone, or to announce iPhone OS and Mac development tools in Visual Studio 2010. Yeah, it was unbelievable, and sure enough, none of it's true.
Apple's June 7th WWDC 2010 keynote is approaching, and thanks to various pre-show leaks of the fourth-generation iPhone HD many are questioning exactly how groundbreaking the Steve Jobs presentation might be. That seems like the ideal opportunity for an analyst face-off: perennial Apple ponderer Gene Munster, of Piper Jaffray, reckons Apple has "little room for surprise" during the event, while Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry is predicting a seven minute guest appearance during the keynote by none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.