Steve Ballamer, CEO of Microsoft was speaking at a conference when he was asked about what the next big thing is going to be. Surprisingly, he did not throw out tablet computing, but “2-in-1″ hybrid devices as what he expects people will gravitate to. Makes sense, as the transition to hybrid devices would an easier solution to full touchscreen computing.

Ballmer also praised the top-notch specs of the ThinkPad Helix as a way of demonstrating the potential for hybrids. The coming months will see a market influx of a slate of 2-in-1 devices built in a mold similar to the Helix. Microsoft and Ballmer are betting heavily that the hybrid devices will be a hit, so it will be interesting to see how consumers respond to this next iteration of personal computing.

Microsoft CEO Sees Hybrid Devices as the Next Big Thing


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