Steve Ballmer has an 80in Windows 8 tablet

Steve Ballmer has an 80in Windows 8 tabletRemember we all thought Toshiba was a little crazy, with its whopping 13.3in prototype tablet? Surely that’s a tad on the large size, no?

Well, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is rocking a beast literally six times – yes, six times – that size; a wall-mounted Windows 8 tablet weighing in at 80in. Good lord.

That’s the story according to Microsoft’s Frank Shaw, who’s been speaking to the good gents at Wired.

“Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office,” reveals Frank. “He's got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall. It's his whiteboard, his email machine, and it's a device we're going to sell."

Er, we can’t see portability being a big selling point. Having said that, the 80in Windows 8 tablet will predominantly be aimed at high-flying business types, and Frank reckons it’ll do pretty well.

"The idea that there should be a screen that's not a computer, we'll laugh at that in two years," suggests Frank. "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."

ETA and price for the 80in Windows 8 tablet are unknown at this stage. More info as and when, Jeffrey.

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5 comments

AhmadCentral  May. 26, 2012 at 18:12

I also have an 80 inch..... actually nevermind....

matt101101 / MOD  May. 26, 2012 at 18:41

I also have an 80 inch..... actually nevermind....
Oh dear...:p

JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2012 at 22:44

80'' is a whole lot more than '6 times as big' as 13''... Don't they haz geometrees in Scotland?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 26, 2012 at 22:57

80'' is a whole lot more than '6 times as big' as 13''... Don't they haz geometrees in Scotland?
I think your analysis of Lewis' maths answers your question ;).

JanSt / MOD  May. 27, 2012 at 12:25

80'' is a whole lot more than '6 times as big' as 13''... Don't they haz geometrees in Scotland?
I think your analysis of Lewis' maths answers your question ;).

:D

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