Microsoft set to unveil Slate tablet PC at CES

The New York times claims Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil a slate-type computer tomorrow during the Microsoft CES 2010 keynote.

According to insiders that spoke to The New York times, the device will be manufactured by HP and possibly available by mid-year. In September 2009 Microsoft's "Courier" booklet device concept was unveiled to the world. It's possible that the earlier concept has finally made it into production form. Little details have been confirmed for the original Courier concept.

Neowin will be covering the Microsoft keynote at CES 2010 live tomorrow.

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I dunno about that, but HP is the #1 PC seller, so it only makes sense doesn't it? If Dell was still #1 and all, you'd see this made by them probably.

That aside HP has really stepped up, the WHS look and work good, the newer HP laptops I saw a few days ago also look very good imo. I think it just makes sense.

LiquidSolstice said,
Own a TX2500us, never had that issue ever.

Good for you and I hope it stays that way for you, thousands of unhappy customers are finding different across a range of HP their systems.
Maybe you live in he Arctic, or you just got lucky, or as some posts indicate HP may have fixed the issue on some boards but kept very quiet about already sold machines.

I only know about it at all because my girlfriend's very well cared for tx2500 went that way mere days out of warranty. It's now a doorstop till HP fix it, or we have to have it opened the GPU re-soldered, thermal paste replaced and probably a copper shim added in the hope it doesn't happen again.

I am having a HP laptop for past 3 years..it now runs win7 (it had 2GB ram with vista, now upgraded ram on my own + win 7)...Works charm..and basically i take it & use it very hard..
HP wont sell or be in no1 or no2 position if it sells a crappy products you know..

neufuse said,
How is that a slate? that's a book... the slate was the original tablet PC that was like a notepad.....

Thank you!
The original Tablet unveiled by Bill Gates were available in two configurations:

"Slate" and "Convertible"

Now it seems that Slate has become a new concept.......

Fritzly said,
Thank you!
The original Tablet unveiled by Bill Gates were available in two configurations:

"Slate" and "Convertible"

Now it seems that Slate has become a new concept.......


Yeah after slate died out as "no one liked it" now everyone loves it... go figure....

Well, hold on. Everyone loves what they see in the video. It hasn't been released yet, so who knows what everyones response will be.

Technology (specifically touch screen technology) is further along than it was 8 years ago. So, who knows?

Shadrack said,
Well, hold on. Everyone loves what they see in the video. It hasn't been released yet, so who knows what everyones response will be.

Technology (specifically touch screen technology) is further along than it was 8 years ago. So, who knows?

Well when I say everone now loves slate I'm refering to the rumored Apple Slate Tablet not this courier model

Shadrack said,
Well, hold on. Everyone loves what they see in the video. It hasn't been released yet, so who knows what everyones response will be.

Technology (specifically touch screen technology) is further along than it was 8 years ago. So, who knows?

AKA every single bit of hype that the Apple tablet has been receiving.

It's not that surprising. Someone could easily go back ~10 years and rant "How is that a cell phone?! Cell phones aren't supposed to fold in half!" Shapes change, but the function stays the same. If it opens up to perform the same function, then it's still a slate--just one with a screen you don't have to freak out about protecting anymore.

Joshie said,
It's not that surprising. Someone could easily go back ~10 years and rant "How is that a cell phone?! Cell phones aren't supposed to fold in half!" Shapes change, but the function stays the same. If it opens up to perform the same function, then it's still a slate--just one with a screen you don't have to freak out about protecting anymore.

A two screen tablet isnt a slate (slate implies one screen) its a book with two pages.....

I would love to see Microsoft come out with something that gets insane media hype and blows everything out of the water in design and looks even before anything else like Apple have been doing over the years. I doubt it will happen but it would be a nice change and right before a big Apple unveil.

It'd be hard to create excitement about a Microsoft product. Think about the excitement behind Avatar--it was pushed by a ton of TV personalities in one of the widest prime time/late night product placement campaigns I've ever seen, but this same marketing machine is largely a nation of Apple fanboys (I'm looking at you, Stephen Colbert).

The Apple footprint will pretty much not allow Microsoft hype, and if you never realized how deep it was, just read the latest Dan Brown novel. You can't miss the ten chapter iPhone ad.

These slate devices need to replace netbooks. Lets get some real competition here! If Microsoft and Apple go head to head, this will be good. If google enters as well, it will be even better

Intelman said,
These slate devices need to replace netbooks. Lets get some real competition here! If Microsoft and Apple go head to head, this will be good. If google enters as well, it will be even better :D

Why replace? why not have it just to have another choice?

neufuse said,
Why replace? why not have it just to have another choice?

Netbooks largely represent a reverse in technology innovation. Many are lower than 7 year old computers with Pentium 4s. They are cheap PCs designed to sell, not something that is actually fun to use.

Many come with integrated graphics (will really only become a problem when all browsers are GPU acclerated, it would be a feature greatly missed). Batteries are not particularly innovative, they do not need to store as much energy because the netbook is much more efficient.

We need more moderately powered notebooks that are thin sleek light and have great battery life. Something sorta similar to the Macbook and Macbook Pro line. They are moderately powerful machines, are are generally pretty thin and get decent battery life.

On campus, netbooks have taken off quite a bit. Many frequently complain about the slowness though. Making a powerpoint on a Netbook really is not that easy....low resolution, low computing power....

Intelman said,
Netbooks largely represent a reverse in technology innovation. Many are lower than 7 year old computers with Pentium 4s. They are cheap PCs designed to sell, not something that is actually fun to use.

Many come with integrated graphics (will really only become a problem when all browsers are GPU acclerated, it would be a feature greatly missed). Batteries are not particularly innovative, they do not need to store as much energy because the netbook is much more efficient.

We need more moderately powered notebooks that are thin sleek light and have great battery life. Something sorta similar to the Macbook and Macbook Pro line. They are moderately powerful machines, are are generally pretty thin and get decent battery life.

On campus, netbooks have taken off quite a bit. Many frequently complain about the slowness though. Making a powerpoint on a Netbook really is not that easy....low resolution, low computing power....

Netbooks are not MacBooks. Netbooks are not laptops.

If you're not intelligent enough to realize that there is a difference and that maybe you should stop and think as to why this "laptop" you saw in an ad is so small and cheap, you shouldn't be buying a computer.

You totally miss the point of a netbook. Let's break it down. Net. Book. Class dismissed.

Some people get this strange impression that netbooks are trying to take over the laptop market. It's not like the reality is never explained to them. They just don't realize that new markets come into existence every now and then. It's partly a result of how stagnant home computing technology has been over the past decade, which also happened to be a decade of a huge influx of new computer users. It's kind of like people who got into Windows with XP, and to this day have a mindset of "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

Yeah, tech conservatives. It's a bizarre phenomenon that a field built for change can spawn users that abhor it.

I don't mind all the new Tablet announced, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, ... As long as it's not the same thing as the failed TabletPC. I hope they wont cost too much.

TruckWEB said,
I don't mind all the new Tablet announced, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, ... As long as it's not the same thing as the failed TabletPC. I hope they wont cost too much.

the tabletpc hasn't really failed. its just not a mainstream product. alot of companies use it for ordering products, tracking inventory in warehouses. it is also used alot in the medical field. i have seen them used in hospitals for use with patients charts etc.

TruckWEB said,
I don't mind all the new Tablet announced, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, ... As long as it's not the same thing as the failed TabletPC. I hope they wont cost too much.

tablet pc never failed, heck hospitals use them like crazy...

Well, they didn't go away but they aren't nearly as popular as I'm sure the initial investors had hoped. If they would have come in at a better performance/cost ratio back in the early 00's I think they would be in a better position in the market today.

Hopefully Microsoft will show all of the existing cool tablet PCs that are available to remind people they have been in this game a lot longer than Apple or Google.
I imagine it would be a piece of cake for Microsoft to develop a slate with a load of hardware vendors.

The tricky bit (and one MS haven't necessarily always been great on) is developing an interface that is focused purely on touch. Though it would be great to get to full-blown Windows 7 underneath

as cool as this is, i need something with a keyboard because i type faster than i can write...and if it's an onscreen keyboard then i'd like it to be capacitative because it's just odd typing on a flat surface...but needless to say, i'm increasingly impressed with the tech showdown this month.

Microsofts offering is probably called courier. They said a "slate like computer" (the article) to describe it.

Good timing from MS to jump in before everyone starts going crazy about Apple's though

Soldiers33 said,
did apple copy thier name and just added an i infront of Slate?

Slate is a formfactor and as such no-one should hold rights to it anyway

Whatever the case, if true, this is pretty big. If the price is right and it looks like those concept shots then it should be a hit with enough marketing and so on.

It seems to me that this is meant to use something like OneNote fully. It's like, building hardware around an app instead of the other way around.

Agreed, this is exactly what I'm hoping for. If it can sync with OneNote through the web (Windows Live), it would be a killer device for me. Right now, I have a tablet PC that I use for note-taking. However, I'm really beginning to like using my netbook for this purpose as its battery life far exceeds my tablet's. I use OneNote on that netbook as well. The problem with that is that I can't quickly switch to using ink if I happen to need to. If the Courier has instant boot times and it's relatively inexpensive... I'm in.

Even better if it supports USB keyboards. :P

But I'm really hoping this new tablet is the Courier. Unfortunately, given that this is supposedly a "slate" style tablet, it doesn't really seem likely. We'll see. This has gotten my hopes up.

Because they're cool. I want one too. New toy! Although admittedly I'll probably upgrade to something better a year later but that's technology for you.

ccuk said,
And why is that?

why do you have to ruin the man's enthusiasm?
the gadget is soooo sexy, maybe we do not actually NEED the device, but it'd be sooo fun to own one, to play with it..

i'd want one on the first day as well..

And why is that?[/quote]

Does the fact that he's willing to jump right on a Microsoft product bother you or is it because you have some issue with people getting excited about anything other than an "i" product?

He owes you no explanation at all. Thats why!

*gurgle* A clamshell touch tablet is everything a netbook wants to be, and a direction the market should be eager to take considering the potential OLED screens hold for us in the future. I can think of a ton of reasons to want this on day one, not the least of which being that it's a Windows platform with plenty of developers already equipped.