HP CTO Confirms Windows 7 WebOS Slate Tablet Release

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HP CTO Phil McKinney at the Demo Fall 2010 conference

The HP Slate mystery is finally solved.

At the Demo Fall 2010 conference earlier this week, HP CTO Phil McKinney confirmed that the Palo Alto, Calif.-company will launch 2 versions of its upcoming Slate tablet.

The Windows 7 version aimed at the enterprise market will hit the market by year’s end, while consumers will have to wait early next year, probably in the first quarter of 2011, for the WebOS-powered Slate.

“Based on customer feedback, that Slate is really the item that the enterprise customers want. They have many of the Win7 applications. We’ve got a number of customers in retail, healthcare and financial services that have specific Win7 applications and yet they want that portability factor. So the Win7 Slate that comes out later this year will be aimed at the enterprise corporate customer market,” explains McKinney.

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Jean-Baptiste Su
Jean-Baptiste Su is the technology columnist for L'Expansion, the leading business publication in France. He's also the co-founder and editor of TechPulse 360, a blog at the crossroads of business and technology, exploring the innovation and companies defining the high-tech and clean-tech industries.

Jean-Baptiste started his journalistic career 18 years ago at IDG in France, first as reporter at InfoPC (PC World) and then senior editor at Le Monde Informatique (ComputerWorld). He later joined Decision Informatique, part of Groupe Tests (01 Informatique, 01net.com...) as senior editor, before heading to France's financial daily newspaper La Tribune as its local Silicon Valley correspondent.
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