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Dismissing Windows 8 as an iPad rival is premature

Dismissing Windows 8 as an iPad rival is premature

There's a whole lot riding on Windows 8. Windows 7 may be the big player on the desktop, but when it comes to tablets Microsoft has carved itself a niche in the corner. The company has arguably been the longest proponent of the tablet form-factor - Windows XP Tablet Edition was released almost nine years ago - but in recent years its stylus-centric hardware has failed to gain traction amid iOS and Android models. Now, with its first demonstration of how Windows 8 will handle this new generation of tableteers, Microsoft is setting out its stall for where it sees the slate segment developing. Finger on the pulse or just plain out of touch?

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro packs BlueStacks Android app virtualization

ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro packs BlueStacks Android app virtualization

All of a sudden, ViewSonic's new ViewPad 10Pro tablet is looking a lot more interesting. Although billed as a dual-OS slate, which led us to believe it would switch between Windows 7 and Android in the same way as the older ViewPad 10, in fact the 10Pro uses BlueStacks, the clever Parallels-but-for-Android-apps-on-Windows software we first mentioned back in April. Rather than demanding that you switch wholesale between Microsoft's OS and Google's, you'll be able to use Android apps alongside Windows software.

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MSI WindPad 110W and 100A offer 10.1-inch Win 7 or Android

MSI WindPad 110W and 100A offer 10.1-inch Win 7 or Android

It's not just ASUS, Gigabyte and ViewSonic talking tablets at Computex 2011; MSI has also brought along some slates from its updated WindPad range. The MSI WindPad 110W and WindPad 100A run Windows 7 and Android respectively, both having 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS displays. The WindPad 110W gets an AMD Brazos CPU with Radeon HD 6250 graphics to call its own, while the WindPad 100A uses an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core, which we're guessing is the Tegra 2.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 10Pro official

ViewSonic ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 10Pro official

ViewSonic has officially launched the ViewPad 7x, the company's 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet leaked earlier this month, along with bringing its new dual-booting 10-inch slate, the ViewPad 10Pro. The ViewPad 7x packs NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor along with HSPA+, HDMI and a 1024 x 600 display, while the ViewPad 10Pro gets a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670 processor running either Windows 7 Pro or Android 2.2.

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Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

An outspoken and influential hedge fund manager made waves at an investor conference yesterday by calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down. Suggesting Ballmer's "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn insisted it was time to "give someone else a chance" at the helm. The investor - whose fund currently holds approximately 9m Microsoft shares, or around 0.11-percent of the outstanding shares - blamed Ballmer for wasting time and money on poorly considered mergers and acquisitions, as well as short-sightedly mishandling the smartphone, PMP and tablet segments.

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Microsoft muddies waters after Balmer blurts on Windows 8

Microsoft muddies waters after Balmer blurts on Windows 8

Microsoft has denied comments about the release of the next version of Windows, despite it being CEO Steve Ballmer who made them at a recent event. "It appears there was a misstatement" Microsoft insists, after Ballmer told Japanese developers that "as we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors" on Monday. It's unclear whether Ballmer's blunder was in the name of the OS or its release timetable.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review

We got the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 in our hands early, to get the skinny on this laptop targeted for the business user. This slim black laptop looks good on the outside, but like Mom used to say “It’s what’s inside that counts.” With rumors of Intel Core i7 processors and solid state drives, we were looking forward to checking things out. Here’s a sneak peak: could the X1 really signal the return of the Turbo Boost Button? It’s released tomorrow, so check out the full SlashGear review to see what the ThinkPad X1 is really made of.

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