"In a brief chat after the event, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that PC makers have known for an unspecified period of time that Microsoft would be doing its own hardware.CEO Ballmer on Where Microsoft's Surface Tablet Fits in PC Ecosystem - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD
Ballmer noted that there will be a lot of PCs sold that will be made by companies other than Microsoft.
“If you look at the bulk of the 375 million machines that get sold (next year), they probably aren’t going to be Surfaces,” Ballmer said. “On the other hand, we could have a sizeable business.”"
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
CEO Ballmer on Where Microsoft's Surface Tablet Fits in PC Ecosystem - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD
A bet-the-companies move -- Microsoft's own, along with many of its PC ecosystem partners