Here's a big shocker. Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office. He doesn't have a phone or a note paper anymore because that beast he has is a touch enabled device hung on his wall.
This description of the Microsoft CEO's workspace, given to Wired.co.uk in Redmond came from Microsoft VP Frank Shaw. I still think he's got his phone still. But either way, its clear Microsoft wants to be a bigger player in the tablet space. And they're going to use their Windows Phone like Metro interface to penetrate the market. Shaw said it is eventually going to be available to the public:
"It's his whiteboard, his email machine," Shaw said, "and it's a device we're going to sell."
Shaw explained that the model Ballmer is using and that Microsoft will promote is made by "a different company, but it's running Windows 8″.
Windows 8 is going to be Microsoft's best product to date. The forthcoming OS is designed to run on small tablets as well as PCs and Laptops. And it can be used with low power ARM-based CPUs similar to those in smartphones. It can also accommodate processors made by Intel and AMD for desktop computers. So an 80 inch hung tablet doesn't sound like a hurdle.
"Every screen should be touch, every screen should be a computer and should be able to see out as well as see in. That is the way the world is heading [and] those screens are going to be big, small, wall-sized and desk-sized."
Windows 8 comes out with a consumer release preview in June, and an expected public launch is due this year.