Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware
Mmmm, this Windows 8 dogfood is tasty
Steve Ballmer has re-iterated Microsoft’s commitment to making more hardware.
Promoting Windows 8 ahead of today's launch in New York, Microsoft’s chief executive has repeated the undertaking he gave shareholders in October.
Asked the obvious by enquiring technology minds at the BBC – whether his software giant would make more hardware – he answered:
Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware? Obviously we are... Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we'll dive in.
In his annual letter to shareholders, Ballmer said more or less the same.
The thing getting everybody excited is the Surface tablet, which follows the various iterations of Xbox as the second Microsoft-built and -branded piece of equipment for running its software.
Unlike Xbox, Surface takes Microsoft into competition against PC partners who’ve traditionally been responsible for making and selling Windows PCs.
Today should see the release of the ARM-based version of Surface running Windows RT. The Intel-powered Windows 8 Pro Surfaces are slated to arrive in January. ®
Ready for Windows RT on ARM? Find out what to expect from The Reg's Bill Ray here. Follow the road to Windows 8, all the way from Windows 1.0 through Windows 95 and the rest here and if you've read all you need and fancy upgrading then best see what Reg regular Tim Anderson has to say first.
"... more hardware"
Is he launching a new chair?
"important opportunities to set a new standard"
Well, that will make a change from important opportunities to screw up some existing standards...
The Cheese Penguin Prize
I hereby offer a quarter-scale model of an Emperor Penguin, lovingly hand-crafted from genuine Swiss Emmentaler cheese to the first person to get Apple iOS6 running independently on a Microsoft Surface Tablet.
It's not that it should be done; it's not that I'd want to use it; it's just that it would piss off both Microsoft and Apple, puzzle the Linux fans, and give me a laugh.
If only there was some way to annoy Google too.
Any suggestions, commentards?
"The thing getting everybody excited is the Surface table"
The thing that Microsoft pretend that everybody is getting excited about is the Surface table -fixed it for him, I'll send the bill later
Now I know why MS execs lick their testicles, its to get rid of the taste of WP 7...