Enterprise Mobility: Windows 7 Tablets, Windows Phone 7 Devices Spied at CES 2011

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-01-07 Print this article Print
Windows 7 Tablets, Windows Phone 7 Devices Spied at CES 2011

Windows 7 Tablets, Windows Phone 7 Devices Spied at CES 2011

by Nicholas Kolakowski
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.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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