Microsoft CEO promises iPad will have Windows-based competitors, but they’re not ready yet

By Jessica Mintz, AP
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ballmer: Tablet coming ‘as soon as we can’

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft will compete with Apple’s iPad, but it isn’t saying when.

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is working with Intel Corp. and computer makers to perfect tablet touch-screen computers.

Analysts attending an annual meeting at Microsoft headquarters on Thursday got few concrete details. Ballmer did say Windows tablets will use Intel processors for the foreseeable future.

Ballmer said, “We’ll be in market as soon as we can.”

But he added that whether it’s “really, really soon, or just really, pretty soon, I’m going to wait until I have a device I want to hand you and tell you to go use.”

Ballmer says Apple Inc. has “done an interesting job” with the iPad, and says Apple has sold more of the devices than he would like.

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