Ballmer Says Windows Slates Coming For Christmas

Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, has confirmed this morning at an event at the London School of Economics that the company will be releasing tablet computers based on the Windows operating system although he did not say whether it would be Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7.

Speaking to an audience comprising of students, alumni and the press, Ballmer said that "We’ve done work on a Windows tablet, and you’ll see slates with Windows on from this Christmas.”

Microsoft will face the two-pronged attack of the iPad and Android-based devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Ballmer did present a number of Windows 7-based tablet at the company's annual partner conference in Washing D.C.

The usual suspects - Acer, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung - are all expected to have tablet products in the pipeline. Interestingly, all of them bar Sony have announced Android-based tablets as well.

Obviously, it is not the first time we've heard of a Microsoft tablet device. At the beginning of the year, there were rumours of the Courier project (or Digital Journal) which may have been canned already.