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Windows tablet: Is Microsoft readying an iPad killer?

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(Read caption) Windows tablets could be unveiled by Microsoft next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Windows tablets – a “slew of them” – will be unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, according to an article today in the New York Times. Citing “people familiar with Microsoft’s plans,” the Times reports that several manufacturers have signed up to build Windows tablets, including Dell and Samsung.

Details are scare, although a source tells the Times that the Samsung device would be “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad,” and include “a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.” The tablet would “run the Windows 7 operating system when in landscape mode, but will also have a layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode.”


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