Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has told delegates at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington that the company will release a tablet device running Windows 7 "within months".
Ballmer said that Microsoft is also working with Dell, Samsung and Toshiba to develop portable tablets similar to the Apple iPad.
Microsoft had been working with HP on such a device, but that project has almost ended since HP's acquisition of Palm.
Ballmer also said that Windows Phone 7 had been completely reworked and will be available within months. He admitted to serious problems in the mobile team, but said that he is happy with the new operating system.
"We missed a generation with Windows Mobile," he said. "We really did miss almost a release cycle."
Microsoft is the third or fourth biggest smartphone operating system vendor but has been losing share steadily for the past year. Ballmer did not mention Microsoft's short-lived Kin platform.
He also committed Microsoft firmly to cloud services, telling delegates that, if they are not interested in the cloud, they are following the wrong company.
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