Steve Ballmer recently commented on the tablet business, Microsoft's future plans with Windows 7, and the Apple iPad. Â While talking to analysts Thursday, Ballmer noted that Microsoft is hard at work to release their own Windows-based tablet device.
According to CNET, Ballmer stated the goal for the company is to create devices that people want to buy, not to just create a device. Â Windows is working with their hardware partners to tune Windows 7. Â He noted that Windows has been making tablets for years. Â He compared the experience to netbooks, which were heavily Linux-based when first released.
According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Ballmer downplayed competitive threats from HP/Palm's WebOS and Google's Android operating systems. Â He countered by pointing to the number of users familiar with Windows based products.
When speaking on the iPad, Ballmer stated, "they've certainly sold more than I'd like them to sell." He also noted that a Windows device would be able to print, compared to the iPad, which lacks a port for easy printingÂ ability.