Microsoft’s Ballmer announces Windows 7 powered Slate

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is now in full-swing in Washington, DC.

And the first announcement from CEO Steve Ballmer?  That Microsoft will be releasing Windows-powered tablets.  Here are some quotes from Ballmer’s opening keynote:

  • This year one of the most important things that we will do in the smart device category is really push forward with Windows 7-based slates.
  • They’ll (the tablets or slates as Ballmer calls them) come from the people you would expect — from Asus, from Dell, from Samsung, from Toshiba, from Sony.
  • They’ll come with keyboards, they’ll come without keyboards, they’ll be dockable, there’ll be many form factors, many price points, many sizes.  But they will all run Windows 7. They will run Windows 7 applications. They will run Office.

What are your thoughts about this announcement?  Will Micorsoft’s “Slate” give Apple’s iPad a run for its money?