CES 2011 reveal date for Microsoft tablets

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The CES tradeshow of January 2011 will likely be the moment when Microsoft reveal the latest range of Windows tablet devices, according to the NYT.

Speaking with “people familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, the NYT suggests that Steve Ballmer will once again take to the stage to demo the new gear, with Dell and Samsung slates getting top billing.

The Samsung number, reportedly sporting a QWERTY keyboard, could be the rumoured Gloria tablet previously featured here on Tech Digest. It is described as “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing”.

There is also suggestion that a Windows 8 operating system for tablets, featuring a “layered interface” may rear its head at the event.

“[Microsoft] believes there is a huge market for business people who want to enjoy a slate for reading newspapers and magazines and then work on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint while doing work”, said a NYT source.

Gerald Lynch