Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has claimed that Google’s approach to tablets has failed so far.
Speaking at Microsoft’s new research-and-development building in Beijing, China on Thursday, Ballmer made his comments to hundreds of Microsoft employees. Google “has taken a failed approach so far” to tablets, said Ballmer. He also acknowledged that Apple’s approach with its popular iPad had been successful.
Ballmer went on to tease Windows 8 and its tablet offering. The software giant is working on a “unique contribution” to tablets according to Ballmer. “More news about that in the not-too-distant future,” he said according to the Wall Street Journal. The revelation follows previously comments by Ballmer earlier this week, claiming that Windows 8 PCs, Tablets and Slates will be made available next year.
Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is expected to demonstrate the company’s efforts with Windows 8 next week. WinRumors exclusively detailed the company’s plans earlier this week. Sinofsky is appearing at the All Things Digital D9 conference on Wednesday morning. The software giant confirmed Sinofsky’s appearance on Monday. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which will run from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. Microsoft will show a “technology preview” of its Windows 8 Tablet experience at the conference next week.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised Windows 8 PCs, Tablets and Slates next year during a speech earlier this week. Several Taiwan based PC manufacturers have reportedly complained that they have been excluded from early Windows 8 development programs. The software giant has reportedly talked with Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD to seek their participation in a special Integrated Development Program for Windows 8. Some companies have complained to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan to seek government involvement.
Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.