SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Microsoft on Monday announced that it is teaming up with about 20 hardware partners to launch various slates, or tablet computers, which are running on the software giant's latest Windows 7 operating system.
"Over the course of the next several months, you will see a range of Windows 7-based slates that I think you'll find quite impressive," Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer ( CEO), said in a speech at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference.
The conference was held in Washington, D.C., and the transcript of Ballmer's speech was released by Microsoft on the company's website.
Manufactures of Windows-based slates include Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony, according to Ballmer.
"Windows 7-based slates, they'll come with keyboards, they'll come without keyboards. They'll be dockable. There will be many form factors, many price points, many sizes. But they will run Windows 7," he said.
In his speech, Ballmer also stressed the importance of tablet computer, a product category that seemed to become real with the launch of Apple's popular iPad this year, although Microsoft had been pushing in the field for years.
"This year, one of the most important things that we will do in the smart device category is really push forward with Windows 7- based slates and with Windows 7 phones. This is a terribly important area for us," Ballmer noted.
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