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Ballmer: Tablet coming 'as soon as we can'

/ Source: The Associated Press

Microsoft will compete with Apple's iPad, but it isn't saying when.

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is working with Intel and computer makers to perfect tablet touch-screen computers. ( is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

Analysts attending an annual meeting at Microsoft headquarters on Thursday got few concrete details. Ballmer did say Windows tablets will use Intel processors for the foreseeable future.

Ballmer said, "We'll be in market as soon as we can."

But he added that whether it's "really, really soon, or just really, pretty soon, I'm going to wait until I have a device I want to hand you and tell you to go use."

Ballmer says Apple  has "done an interesting job" with the iPad, and says Apple has sold more of the devices than he would like. Apple has said more than 3 million iPads have been sold since the tablet went on sale in April.