Ballmer Talks up Windows Tablet: Admires iPad

Following the phenomenal success of the Apple iPad, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, talked again yesterday about its plans to go ahead with Windows-based tablet devices. Earlier in the year Ballmer had announced plans for a Windows 7 Slate to go up against the iPad, then Microsoft changed its mind, and then recently re-announced its plans for the Windows tablet.

There is little information yet available for the Windows-based tablet but yesterday speaking to financial analysts Ballmer said, “They’ll be shipping as soon as they are ready. It is a job one urgency,” according to an article by Ina Fried over on cnet. The devices will not be manufactured by Microsoft but by other partners.

Ballmer spoke of the aim to deliver products that people want to buy and stressed Microsoft’s experience in the tablet industry. He added that Microsoft were in talks with hardware partners and “tuning Windows 7.” Ballmer would not be drawn on when the devices would be available merely saying, “It ain’t a long time from now,” which leaves nobody better off.

When he talked of the iPad though, although it’s obviously the main competitor Ballmer acknowledged Apple’s success and said they’d sold more than Microsoft would have liked but stressed that he thought Microsoft could compete saying, “We’ll prove ourselves.” For more on this go to cnet.com. Do you think a Windows-based tablet from Microsoft can hope to compete with the Apple iPad? Why not let us know your opinions on this.