The Telegraph is reporting today that Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, has told financial analysts at a meeting at Microsoft's headquarters in Seattle that Microsoft is working with the likes of HP, Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Toshiba to develop an iPad killer.
"We have to make things happen with Windows 7 on slates," he told the meeting, adding, "It is job one urgency around here, nobody's sleeping at the switch. We've got to push right now - right now - with our hardware partners."
According to the Telegraph, Ballmer was also big enough to say that he liked the iPad, although he was upset that it had sold so well! He said that the emphasis for Microsoft was now all on "tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs."
The Telegraph notes that Ballmer's remarks follow on from the news last week that Microsoft had halted development of a dual-screen tablet-style computer called the Courier, so it would seem it is now concentrating on developing a device that can beat the iPad. Good luck with that!
Source: The Telegraph