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Says that his company is about to step up their efforts

It's no secret that Microsoft's tablet efforts are somewhat of a mess right now. After scrapping its much anticipated Courier concept, Bill Gates assured Microsoft's fans that his company hadn't given up on tablets -- but that didn't stop several key players from the tablet team from jumping ship.

Now Microsoft is left staring at Apple's fiscal third quarter, which featured sales of 3.27 million iPads.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented on a recent call to analysts [DOCX], "Apple has done an interesting job of putting together a synthesis and putting a product out, and in which they've -- they sold certainly more than I'd like them to sell, let me just be clear about that. We think about that. We think about that in competitive sense."

Ballmer made it clear that his company is not interested in pursuing a separate OS for tablets like Apple (the iPad uses a variant of the same tweaked and stripped down version of OS X found in the iPad).  He states, "We’re coming.  We’re coming full guns. The operating system is called Windows."

Windows tablets will soon get a boost from Intel's upcoming
Oak Trail low power CPU that's perfect for mobile applications, according to Ballmer.  Oak Trail is Intel's name for its upcoming successor to the Atom series of processors which will launch in early 2011.  Among other things it features full 1080p video and HDMI support, all while reportedly cutting power consumption 50 percent.

Ballmer insists that Windows tablets are just around the river bend, stating, "Some of you will say, well, when? When? And I say, As soon as they're ready. They'll be shipping as soon as they are ready. And it is job one urgency around here."

The real question, though, might be -- who?  ASUS has already ditched Windows CE for Linux in its smaller upcoming tablet (the larger 12.1" still presumably uses Windows 7) and HP is using webOS from recently acquired Palm instead of Windows 7.  That leaves a handful of other players -- MSI, Lenovo, Acer, and Dell (among others).  However, some of those -- like Dell -- are considering instead jumping ship to Google's Android OS.

At this point it's anybody's game to step up and challenge Apple.  Windows 7, webOS, and Android seem the top contenders.  The first Android tablet (or Mobile Internet Device, if you prefer), the Dell Streak, will reportedly hit before the end of the month in the U.S.  A 5-inch model will come first, followed by others.

With Android being the first to hit the market, Microsoft may be left vying for third place in the tabletsphere.  And that's something that's bound to get Ballmer real worked up.

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Late news?
By roostitup on 7/30/2010 9:48:31 AM , Rating: -1
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RE: Late news?
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RE: Late news?
By amanojaku on 7/30/2010 10:38:31 AM , Rating: 5
You're getting rated down because your complaints about DT's late articles are of a similar vein as Facebook users complaining about a lack of privacy. You're voluntarily visiting this site; you could just go somewhere else. I don't visit DT for the articles any more. I visit to see what other users say, because I find user posts can be (but usually aren't) more informative than even the source articles DT links to. And when they aren't informative they're usually funny.

RE: Late news?
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Voicing his opinion on a valid concern should not be rated down. Not that ratings here matter. So many people have rating socks that makes ratings a joke.

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RE: Late news?
By roostitup on 7/30/2010 7:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
If you're coming here for the forums and thinking they are worthwhile, than you sir are a dousche bag. 95% of the forum comments on here are a complete waste of time to read and it's even more of a waste of time to weed through them for the intelligent comments. At least my original comment was geared towards helping point out a reasonable flaw, unlike most.

RE: Late news?
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because it takes time for Jason Mick to copy paste from other legit news source.

if you are expecting real journalism i suggest visiting other websites.

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