HP's Windows 7 Slate is not dead yet

The bumpy saga of the HP Slate took another turn this week with the revelation that the product is still destined to launch with Windows 7, albeit with a focus on the enterprise market.

Originally unveiled at CES earlier this year by Steve Ballmer, the HP Slate was touted by Microsoft as evidence that the Windows 7 platform was viable for touchscreen mobile computing products. HP initially aimed to launch the device this year at a price of $1,500, but the hardware maker appeared to change course after its high-profile acquisition of Palm. HP confirmed a few months ago that it was dumping Windows 7 in favor of Palm's webOS on the Slate. The news this week that the Windows 7 slate has risen from the dead comes as a surprise.

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