Hewlett-Packard said its highly anticipated Slate 500 tablet — the company’s first such device — is now available for purchase. Targeted at businesses, the tablet will come with an 8.9-inch screen and run Microsoft’s Windows 7 Professional OS. It costs $799 and is immediately available in the U.S. through HP’s website and channel partners. The Slate 500 was first designed as a consumer product when HP announced it in January, but the company reassessed its plans for the device after acquiring Palm for $1.2 billion in April. HP is now targeting the Slate 500 at business customers who need a handheld device and are familiar with the Windows OS and office productivity applications, said Carol Hess-Nickels, director of worldwide business notebook marketing at HP’s Personal Systems Group.
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