Enterprise Mobility: Windows 7 Tablets, Windows Phone 7 Devices Spied at CES 2011
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used his Jan. 5 keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to highlight products such as Kinect, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 on a variety of new laptops. However, he largely stayed away from commenting on Microsoft's tablet initiatives-likely to the surprise of some pundits who expected him to make a big announcement about Windows-powered tablets. Nonetheless, Microsoft's presence on the CES show floor is marked by a handful of tablets running Windows 7. Most of them are devices for the Asian market, and feature large 10- and 12-inch screens in contrast to the 7-inch Android tablets currently flooding the U.S. market. In addition, Microsoft has several laptops that leverage touch-screen capabilities. With regard to mobility, Windows Phone 7 also has a substantial presence here at the show, with large numbers of devices on display. With its unique user interface consolidated around a set of six subject-specific "Hubs, Microsoft hopes its latest smartphone platform stands out enough from such rivals as the iPhone and Google Android to attract consumers and businesses.