Now it seems that Steve Ballmer is taking over the evasiveness and lure of mystery from Steve Jobs. Mystery now surrounds the HP Slate as much as it did the iPad. We now know the highly protected secrets of the iPad. But, now we are left to wonder about what secrets the HP Slate has to offer.
In his presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Steve Ballmer hardly touched on the Hp Slate. The little we do know is that it will be a touch-screen device, tablet-style computer, it will have the touch and mobility using Windows 7, it will be an e-reader, web browser and will have game capabilities. It is slated to be a front-runner with the iPad.
This is what Steve Ballmer had to say about his HP Slate. “We’re talking about something that is almost as portable as a phone and as powerful as a PC running Windows 7.” “The emerging category of PCs really should take advantage of the touch and mobility and capabilities of Windows 7, and are perfect, perfect for reading, for surfing the Web, and for taking entertainment on the go.” A Hewlett-Packard spokesperson says that the HP Slate “was not a current entry in the TouchSmart series being demonstrated to consumers by HP at the show this week. It’s a completely new product that will likely have a new brand and a special campaign, and its availability is only being slated for “this year.” Seems to me we need to keep our eyes open and our choices open for which slate we will ultimately decide for.
Microsoft has spent most of its time on “Project Natal” and that is no wonder. Regardless of what the Hp Slate has to offer when it is finally revealed in all its glory. The Natal stand in a class alone in its field, it is absolutely the most remarkable product I have ever seen. Steve Ballmer has every right to be proud of this one. It is the top of the line, and definitely ahead of its time.