July 29, 2010

Posted by Brier Dudley

Steve Ballmer’s trying to set the record straight on Microsoft’s maligned consumer businesses.

“We’re pretty focused in a set of areas we think have big potential,” the Microsoft chief executive said to 180 or so financial analysts meeting in Redmond today.

During his presentation, it was disclosed that Microsoft’s expecting Windows 7 tablets to spread in early 2011 after new Intel hardware emerges.

The company’s also preparing to offer a “personal cloud” to Windows 7 users, including a set of online services for managing and synchronizing files that will come with Windows 7 PCs starting in the third quarter.

The personal clouds include Windows Live services such as the SkyDrive online storage system and online Office applications, with the addition of new sync features for synchronizing and sharing content across various devices.

During a demonstration on a prototype Windows slate computer, an upcoming version of …

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