Getting it Right: Why the Microsoft-HP Tablet Is a Big Disappointment

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“By Daniel Ionescu, PC World, Jan 7, 2010 8:34 am

Apple must be patting themselves on the back, as the Hewlett-Packard (HP) tablet unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday night failed to wow those expecting a true competitor to the mythical Apple tablet.

Steve Ballmer Microsoft Tablet

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrating the HP tablet. Photo Credit: Microsoft

At Microsoft’s opening keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech world braced itself for Ballmer unveiling a novel slate form-factor computing device from HP, something to rival the yet unannounced Apple tablet.

Earlier on Wednesday, speculation was revving up for the Microsoft announcement, as it was thought Ballmer would introduce the dual-screen Courier tablet which we got a taste for late last year, after a Gizmodo leak.

However, it turned out that Microsoft didn’t manage to beat Apple to the punch and release a breathtaking tablet. What Ballmer unveiled was “something that’s almost as portable as a phone and that’s as powerful as a PC running Windows 7.”

The HP tablet is a basically a color e-reader running Amazon Kindle software, with few other details besides a sub-$500 price point and an estimated arrival on the market by mid-2010. So disappointing was the release that Microsoft and HP’s shares fell yesterday according to BusinessWeek.”

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