Santa Ballmer’s going to put a Windows tablet under your tree this year, according to a Reuters report on the Microsoft CEO’s speech at the London School of Economics.
“You’ll see new slates with Windows on them. You’ll see them this Christmas,” he told an audience of students, staff and journalists at the London School of Economics.
“Certainly we have done work around the tablet as both a productivity device and a consumption device,” he said.
The news follows the bombshell Goldman Sachs report lambasting Microsoft’s response to the iPad.
But really the arrival of a Windows tablet this holiday seasons is right on schedule, following Steve Ballmer’s unveiling of the Hewlett-Packard Slate at the Consumer Electronics Show last January. HP at the time said it would start selling the Windows 7 device in late 2010.
In recent weeks HP has been letting slip that it’s going to be shipping a Windows tablet soon, before it releases one based on the Palm software it acquired.
Meanwhile, analysts are jostling to predict how many iPads Apple has sold so far, ahead of the company’s Oct. 18 earnings report. Fortune mag has a roundup of the estimates, which range from 3.8 million to 6 million.
About 350 million PCs are expected to be sold this year globally.