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Android, Not Microsoft Slate, Big Winner at CES: Analysts

Jan 10, 2010, 20:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart J. Johnston)

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have stolen a little thunder from Apple's rumored announcement of a slate PC during his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but three leading analysts say that the real thunder theft at this year's show is coming from Microsoft's mobile competitors.

"The show has drifted away from Microsoft and the really interesting products are Android-based," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, told, referring to Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) mobile operating system.

"Besides the slate computer's brief appearance, however, Ballmer also promised that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will have announcements regarding its Windows Phone software at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"Ballmer did not say what Microsoft will announce next month in Spain, but many observers expect it will be the long-awaited, much-talked-about Windows Mobile 7 -- now referred to as Windows Phone 7."

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