Microsoft had high hopes on the HP Slate and had proudly displayed the Slate as the tablet device that would carry the Windows 7 in the fast emerging tablet arena. But that was not to be as of now. HP buying the Palm company further dashed its hopes and a tru blu tablet running Windws 7 is yet to be seen making waves. Then started rumors about the Courier dual screen tablet from Microsoft until that too petered out. Now Microsoft and specifically their top man Steve Ballmer have announced about many windows 7 tablets in the offing.
Ballmer made this comment before 14,000 partners during his July 12 keynote address at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Very natural of Microsoft to be involved in the tablet making business, that too with Windows 7 as the OS. There is the Asus Eee Pad which Ballmer mentioned about and also mentioned about the Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony and Windows 7 tablet partners for products that would be soon hitting the market.
There was a clear and distinct avoidance to any reference to iPad or for that matter any of the other Android or Chrome-based tablets in the context by Ballmer. Also missing was any mention of the HP Slate that Ballmer had displayed at the CES at the beginning of the year with a lot of flamboyance. There is therefore high probability of some Windows 7 tablets’ being launched at the WPC when we could get a clearer idea of the tablets to come. That HP hasn’t still confirmed they are not ruling out Windows 7 is also interesting as this can be indication of a Windows 7 based tablet from HP that might eventually get to see the light of day sometime in future.