Because they just killed it. :lol: Report: HP kills Ballmer's Windows 7 tablet Report: HP kills Ballmer's Windows 7 tablet Less than two days after Hewlett-Packard acquired Palm and inherited the struggling mobile company's operating system, reports say the computer maker has canceled its Windows 7-based tablet PC dubbed "Slate." Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows the HP Slate during his keynote at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas. HP has since canceled the tablet, according to reports. Click to enlarge TechCrunch's Michael Arrington reports, citing an anonymous source, that HP was not satisfied with Windows 7 as a tablet operating system. And during a conference call Thursday about the Palm acquisition, HP was evasive about whether it would release the Windows-based Slate, Silicon Alley Insider reported. The Slate is the HP tablet Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off at CES in January. The report also comes the day after Microsoft said it canceled its Courier booklet project. Why am I not surprised with HP's position on Windows 7? Read my Thursday analysis of the tablet-OS market, and why Microsoft loses if it snoozes. Maybe it has already lost. Perhaps the Slate's reported cancellation shows that we might end up seeing mobile operating systems on most tablets. HP has already announced a tablet that runs Google Android. So has Dell. The Apple iPad, which was released to the usual Apple fanfare this year, runs the iPhone OS. Now, perhaps we will see more HP tablets, this time running a retooled version of Palm's WebOS. Do you think the operating system is up for the challenge?