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Ballmer hints at more Microsoft-developed hardware

November 15, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking at an event at the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking at an event at the Churchill Club in… (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg )

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the software company will explore opportunities to build more of its own hardware, according to a report.

"It is absolutely clear that there is an innovation opportunity on the scene between hardware and software and that is a scene that must not go unexploited at all by Microsoft," he said, speaking at a tech industry event in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday.

Ballmer said he still expects Microsoft's partners to build the bulk of new Windows-based machines, but this is the firmest comment the top Microsoft executive has made regarding more company-developed devices.

Last month, Microsoft launched its first tablet computer, the Microsoft Surface, and early next year, it's scheduled to launch a more powerful version of the tablet, running Windows 8 Pro.

That has led to speculation and reports that Microsoft may come out with more of its own devices, similar to Apple's strategy.

Among the rumors have been a smaller-sized tablet as well as a Microsoft-designed phone.


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