Ballmer promises: Microsoft tablet 'as soon as we can'

Microsoft CEO says the company is working overtime on iPad rival

Once again, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is talking tablets. As reported by PC World, Ballmer said the development of a Windows 7-based tablet to rival Apple’s iPad is “Job One urgency around here. Nobody’s sleeping at this point.”

The company is working with Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba to come up with a touch-screen tablet based on Intel processors.

Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads since launching the device in April, “more than I’d like them to sell,” Ballmer said. The company is also facing competition from the success of Google Android devices.

Yahoo! News reports that Ballmer said the Microsoft tablet will be “in market as soon as we can,” adding that whether it’s “really, really soon, or just really pretty soon, I’m going to wait until I have a device I want to hand you and tell you to go use.”

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