Last week, we saw an HP slate device, running Winnows 7, make a not-so-short appearance on YouTube. Now, CNET has been sent in a set of images that further corroborate the video’s findings. The tablet, which the site refers to as the Slate 500, shows of a front and rear-facing camera and runs the Windows 7 operating system. The unit has the same, jagged back — although this time in black instead of silver — and is pictured with a leather case and docking station that contains HDMI and USB outputs. CNET’s source says the device will be getting a late October release, which — to us anyway — seems pretty aggressive. With all this talk about tablets running Android, iOS, and webOS, is anyone looking for an all-touch tablet running full-blown Windows? More →
According to a report filed by CNET, Microsoft’s free email service — Hotmail — will get Exchange ActiveSync support beginning on Monday. The site quotes Microsoft’s director of product management for the Windows Live, Dharmesh Mehta, as the source of the information. There isn’t much else to say about it, if you have a desktop client or mobile device that supports the ActiveSync protocol you’ll have access to push email, contacts, and calendar appointments in approximately four days. Any Hotmail users out there excited? More →
As we near the end of 2008 and approach the holiday season, layoffs get harder and harder to swallow. No one wants to close out the year with workforce cuts but sometimes it’s just inevitable. Such is the case with CBS Interactive, which announced internally yesterday that it would be undergoing a reorg attached to what is rumored to be just south of 300 layoffs. While CBS has not announced yesterday’s move publicly, the layoffs were estimated to account for between 10 and 14 percent of its workforce. CBS Interactive properties include CNET, CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, GameSpot, BNET, last.fm, TV.com and CHOW. Despite the fact that CBS Interactive’s combined traffic rose significantly in 2008 and its advertising has remained strong, those at the top have deemed yesterday’s cuts a necessity. Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen but what’s done is done and our sympathies go out to all those affected. Hit the jump for the full internal email from CBS Interactive head Quincy Smith and CNET boss Neil Ashe.