Microsoft & HP pull the rug from under Apple’s iSlate

Microsoft’s Steve Balmer demonstrated a new HP slate computer in his keynote speech at the annual CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, neatly pre-empting Apple’s planned launch of a similar device later this month. The HP device had a 10″ screen and was claimed to support full multi-touch. Other manufacturers, incuding Archos, are reported to be developing slate PCs.

Key¬†questions about the Windows-based products will be their weight,¬†cost and battery life. Running Windows 7 and ‘as powerful as a PC’ could it be that the devices are a bit over-specified for their own good?