Microsoft's Blah Tablet Strategy

Steve Ballmer's presentation to financial analysts this Thursday deserves a special place in the business wing of the Museum of FUBAR. After months of Apple iPad commanding the attention of, oh, say, the world, here's the best response that Ballmer had. 

Now, we've got some other competitive actions coming back, and we'll talk about slates and tablets and blah, blah, blah, blah ....

Just like we had to make things happen on netbooks, we've got to make things happen with Windows 7 on slates. And we are in the process of doing that as we speak. We're working with our hardware partners, we're tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs that they're bringing them to market. And, yeah, you're going to get a lot of cacophony. There will be people who do things with other operating systems. But we've got the application base, we've got the user familiarity. We've got everything on our side if we do things really right.

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