Microsoft's rambunctious CEO, Steve Ballmer, is set to unveil a Hewlett Packard manufactured tablet (or 'slate') PC this week.
The news comes direct from unnamed sources in a New York Times report — in which reporter Ashlee Vance notes: "My sources say that Mr. Ballmer will show the as yet unnamed HP device. The product will be touted as a multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions."
The New York Times states that the new HP/Windows tablet computer announcement will be one of the highlights of Mr Ballmer's keynote speech at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Gizmondo published this pic of a Microsoft mock-up for the HP/Microsoft tablet PC back in September
The latest report in this week's New York Times warns that: "It could be one of Steve Ballmer's riskiest trade show moves in years…the last thing Mr. Ballmer wants to hold up is a me-too device.
"All eyes will be on Mr. Ballmer this week to see if Microsoft and H.P. can out-Apple Apple before Apple Apples."