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Ballmer: PC is ultimate e-book reader

Microsoft chief dismisses e-reader rumours

Microsoft has dismissed rumours that it's planning to launch an e-book reader to take on Amazon's Kindle.

According to a report published by Reuters, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during a visit to the Netherlands: "We have a device for reading. It's the most popular device in the world - it's the PC."

Ballmer reportedly said Microsoft has no need for its own separate e-reader device, going as far as to add that he wished Amazon and other digital book providers would make their content available on PCs, too.

The news is likely to rain on the parade of analysts and pundits who have been predicting Microsoft's entrance to the e-reader market. The company has been rumoured to be developing a "top-secret" tablet called the Courier for some time, and - as is the case with Apple's thus-far-mythical tablet - many have been calling for the Courier to revolve around core e-reader capabilities.

Some speculation has suggested the Courier would even look like a book, though other reports have surmised it may act as more of an electronic journal of sorts.


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