Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer undoubtedly knows that Apple (AAPL) has sold more than 100 million iPad tablets at this point, but according to the outspoken executive, that’s not the tablet people really want. While speaking with CNBC, Ballmer said no company has built a tablet he believes customers want. Of course with the introduction of the Surface, all that changes.

“I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” Ballmer said in an interview picked up by AllThingsD. “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point.”

BGR reviewed the Microsoft Surface recently and called it a class leader where hardware is concerned. The slate’s Windows RT software was a different story though, and the lack of available applications limits the tablet’s utility for the time being.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.