Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw revealed that the Redmond-based company’s chief, Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office, which is touch-enabled and hangs on his wall. Shaw added, “It’s his whiteboard, his email machine, and it’s a device we’re going to sell.”
Shaw, however, also adds that one mustn’t mistake this 80-incher to be the same as the 80-inch Microsoft-powered Sharp Aquos Board touchscreen that was shown at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This, although runs Windows 8, is by a different manufacturer.
Shah says that Windows 8 has been designed to run on everything from small tablets to PCs and laptops and if the one in Ballmer’s office has to be taken into consideration, then the OS boasts of a whole new screen size. Windows can work with low-power ARM-based CPUs, one that’s similar to those used in smartphones and also on Intel, AMD processors for desktop PCs.
Although, Microsoft plans to introduce this 80-incher to the public, Shaw maintains that like their earlier Surface, consumers may not go in for this one, immediately.
Shaw added further, “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.”