Microsoft unveil their tablet PC, disappointment all round
The Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday, with Microsoft cheese Steve Ballmer delivering the opening keynote. Appearing a little more sedate than in previous stage appearances, Ballmer was sporting a fetching red jumper to compensate and was accompanied by a giant automaton version of himself:
In fact it's the same jumper/shirt combo he wore at last year's CES keynote. Fashion sensibilities aside, the major talking point of an otherwise dreadful speech was the appearance of a joint venture with HP - a tablet PC. Now there's a surprise. Ballmer also showcased two other devices by Archos and Pegatron.
Reaction to the devices - which run Windows 7 - is best summed up with an apathetic shrug of the shoulders, because what you saw was seemingly all you got - a tablet running Windows - instead of the game-changing products we were teased with. Remember the concept design pushed by Microsoft last September? You might as well buy a pad of graph paper instead.
The rest of the keynote failed to do Ballmer any favours. If Microsoft fans like Jack Schofield thought it was duller than Doncaster, you know it wasn't great.