Windows 8 80-inch tablet in Steve Ballmer's office

Most of the talk about touch screen support for Windows 8 has been about tablets or notebooks. But what about something bigger? What about something much bigger? That's the claim from Wired.co.uk, who says it has heard about an 80-inch Windows 8 touch screen that is currently being used in Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's office.

The claim comes from Microsoft VP Frank Shaw, who is quoted as saying, "Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall." A few months ago at CES 2012, Sharp debuted its own 80-inch touch screen but Shaw claims the screen running Windows 8 in Ballmer's office was made by someone else.

Shaw wouldn't say which company made the product but did state that Ballmer uses it all the time, saying, "It's his whiteboard, his email machine and it's a device we're going to sell."

Don't expect to be able to buy this device at your local Best Buy or Walmart anytime soon. Shaw claims, "It's not a consumer thing now, but we know historically that that's how all things start. The idea that there should be a screen that's not a computer, we'll laugh at that in two years."

The day Microsoft launched the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, Windows head man Steven Sinofsky demoed the OS on an 82-inch screen that was made by Perceptive Pixel.

Source: Wired.co.uk | Image via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

New photos and videos shown for Google Glass Project

Next Story

Leap motion sensing tech could be built into future laptops

52 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

What's new here. Large touch monitors with builtin pc have been around for a while now. Unless this is a capacitive touch. Then there's nothing special. Samsung has up to 82" large format display with touch.

Wonder if it has a motion tracking camera on it so it can track Mr. Ballmer as he is jumping around wildly in front of it...

ir0nw0lf said,
Wonder if it has a motion tracking camera on it so it can track Mr. Ballmer as he is jumping around wildly in front of it...

What about an airbag activated by a sensor when chairs start flowing around ............. :-)

Jose_49 said,
The feeling of touching something so big should feel niiiiice

Image this as an input mechanism for a touch-reactive porno movie. The possibilities are almost endless. Regrettably, the viewing booths will have to become bigger.

a tablet? OMG, they can't even differentiate the definition of tablet with that size and how are they gonna expect to success in tablet market..LOL!

OK, I want an 80inch wall display thingy (no way I'm calling it a tablet), but if it's not running a Retina Display level resolution then I'll wait.

Slugsie said,
OK, I want an 80inch wall display thingy (no way I'm calling it a tablet), but if it's not running a Retina Display level resolution then I'll wait.

There's a problem with Windows 8 regarding that. The amount of horizontal tiles are kept at 6 at max (No matter what Res. you have) . Which means you'll see tons and tons of unsued space on the screen even if you have a 4K Res T.V.

Jose_49 said,

There's a problem with Windows 8 regarding that. The amount of horizontal tiles are kept at 6 at max (No matter what Res. you have) . Which means you'll see tons and tons of unsued space on the screen even if you have a 4K Res T.V.

yea look at the image, theres soooooooo much unused space...

seriously man?

Eeep....so...many...tiles.....I am not optimistic about Win8. I love tiles on my phone because it's less to consume, but that's WAY too much and can be scary. I may just hold on to Win7. BUT I just go an iPad 3rd-gen for my b-day, so even that has been sitting for a few days unused.

seebaran said,
Eeep....so...many...tiles.....I am not optimistic about Win8. I love tiles on my phone because it's less to consume, but that's WAY too much and can be scary. I may just hold on to Win7. BUT I just go an iPad 3rd-gen for my b-day, so even that has been sitting for a few days unused.

I agree. It looks like ****.

seebaran said,
Eeep....so...many...tiles.....I am not optimistic about Win8. I love tiles on my phone because it's less to consume, but that's WAY too much and can be scary. I may just hold on to Win7. BUT I just go an iPad 3rd-gen for my b-day, so even that has been sitting for a few days unused.

this is worse then a desktop filled w ith those tiny icons randomly scattered around?

The Laughing Man said,
Its bad enough I have to clean up my keyboard when I'm done, now my TV?

So in all this time you've never once cleaned your TV screen? At all? Let me guess, you live in an alternate reality where people don't get house dust right?

GP007 said,

So in all this time you've never once cleaned your TV screen? At all? Let me guess, you live in an alternate reality where people don't get house dust right?

did not get the joke.

exotoxic said,
Imagine trying to type on it, you would have to stand about 20cm away from the screen.

Since it's running Win8 any wireless kb works, just sync one to it and type from as far away as you want.

GP007 said,

Since it's running Win8 any wireless kb works, just sync one to it and type from as far away as you want.

I am not crazy for wireless keyboards; it is too easy to catch the data transmitted.....
Besides it is undoubtedly cool but I am not sure it is convinient for reading emails...... Alot of other tasks yes but reading email................. boh

Fritzly said,

I am not crazy for wireless keyboards; it is too easy to catch the data transmitted.....


seriously?
so much paranoid people here, damn. or is the general IT crowd everywhere so paranoid they have 4-5 step backups, at least 3 firewalls (excluding modemfirewall) etc?

We're going to need a bigger bag.

I see no practical reason for a home user to own one. Although schools and businesses this will be a no brainer.

Javik said,
lol, a nice party piece but little else.

Is that jealousy talking? Interactive whiteboarding and email presentation are hardly "party piece" uses.

TCLN Ryster said,

Is that jealousy talking? Interactive whiteboarding and email presentation are hardly "party piece" uses.

Agreed. I'd love one of these at work and at home.

I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

~Johnny said,
I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

No kidding, needs a different name for something that big. It's like how they called those old luggable computers "portable".. sure it weighed 5000 pounds but it had a carrying handle on it.

Looks pretty interesting for business uses though.. meetings, presentations, training and whatnot.

~Johnny said,
I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

Well that's going to be the new marketing gimmick... ANYTHING running Windows 8 will be a tablet!

xendrome said,

Well that's going to be the new marketing gimmick... ANYTHING running Windows 8 will be a tablet!


I'm posting this from a laptop multibooting Windows 8... IT MUST BE A TABLET! xD

~Johnny said,
I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

Yeah, it should be called something like...let me think... Surface. That is a catchy name: MS Surface.

~Johnny said,
I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

Exactly, it is a smart screen. Actually MS PR dept. will call it "Walled mounted, multicolor, interactive smart screen".
A Tablet is around 10".....................

~Johnny said,
I hardly think they can call that a tablet Why did the Wired guy not just call it a big touch screen, like it is?

But Ballmer is a big guy! This is his tablet, and a real tablet is his phone... and a phone is his Zune Nano.