At Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., Steve Ballmer told the crowd “not to count his company out in mobile phones or slate computers, despite the momentum displayed by its rivals.” Without mentioning Apple, iPad or any other competitors, Ballmer showed the slide to give sneek peak of new “Windows 7-based devices” — “We’re hardcore about this,” he said, “I know I’ve heard from a lot of partners that this’s an area where you really want to know what’s coming with Windows 7. There’s a lot of stuff coming over next several months, and we’ve to be prepared to get after it together.”
“You need to see between us and our hardware (partners), a range of slates and a range of phones that you can take to your customer when they come with this, that or the other random device that’s not currently supported by corporate IT,” Ballmer said. “We want to give you a great device, a consumer oriented device, but a device that fits and is manageable with today’s enterprise IT solutions.”
He said the upcoming devices will come in many sizes, prices and forms, with ink and touch-based input, running Windows 7 and applications made for the PC operating system.