HP Slate Tablet Running Windows 7 Almost Confirmed, Supposedly Arriving This Year

July 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The HP slate device running Windows 7 OS will be available for sale by the end of this year, according to the home page of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 website.

HP is listed on the WPC 2010 webpage among other companies that will release slate devices with Windows 7 in 2010, including ASUS, Sony, Lenovo and Dell. Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that Windows 7 slate devices will be launched this year, although he did not mention HP by name.

This new development has almost laid all rumors regarding the Windows 7-based HP slate tablet to rest.

HP had been rumored to drop its plans for a Windows 7 slate when it began the acquisition process for Palm Inc. and said that it was specifically looking to acquire Palm’s operating software, webOS. However, there were also contradictory rumors suggesting that HP had not abandoned its Windows 7 Slate project and was still working on it.

HP has not officially announced any webOS-based tablets yet though it has been rumored that the company would release a tablet codenamed Hurricane running webOS in the third quarter of 2010.

The WPC 2010 event is currently underway in Washington DC and will end on July 15.

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