Ballmer states that Windows 8 will be slate ready

Ballmer spoke at the UK Tech Days on Tuesday and revealed that Microsoft will be introducing some touch optimizations for Windows 7 with partners in the coming year. “We’re not going to do a major revamp of Windows 7 for slate applications, that will come in the next version (Windows 8)” said Ballmer.

There is speculation that Ballmer’s tacitly admitting that the reason we’re not seeing Windows 7 slates from major OEMs is because Windows 7 is totally unsuitable for them.

Instead, even stalwart Microsoft allies like HP are jumping ship and buying up companies that make more suitable operating systems.

The tablet market — like touchscreen smartphones before it — seems like another one Microsoft is going to be several years too late entering.

Just saying…


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