Taiwan’s AsusTek Computer Inc. on May 31 unveiled a portable tablet computer that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, joining a slew of manufacturers trying to tap demand for the sleek devices following Apple’s launch of the iPad, reports the Associated Press. Acer Inc., the world’s second largest PC vendor, last week unveiled a 7-inch touch-screen tablet that, like many other coming models, runs on Android, the operating system that Google is distributing free of charge for mobile devices. AsusTek’s touch-screen tablet, with the name of Eee Pad, comes in 10- and 12-inch sizes and is set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. In addition to full Windows support, company Chairman Jonney Shih said the Eee Pad is equipped with a web camera and runs Adobe Flash, which will allow users to view YouTube videos and other video content on the internet. The 10-inch Eee Pad will sell for $399 to $449. By contrast, Apple’s iPads cost $499, $599, or $699 depending on the data storage capacity. But iPads use the HTML5 video standard, and its lack of Flash support has alienated some users. AsusTek also unveiled an electronic notepad for $199 to $299 that serves as both an electronic reader and note-taking device, with a built-in camera that will let the user grab screenshots of lecture slides…

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