Todd Bradley, HP's head of PC, has spoken frankly about Microsoft's Windows RT and Surface launches. In an interview with IDG Enterprise, Bradley reiterated comments HP made earlier this year, saying he'd "hardly call Surface competition," before making some rather damning comments about Microsoft's first ever tablet. "It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it," says Bradley, adding that "it's expensive... the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe." Back in August, another HP exec said that Surface was Microsoft's way of "making a leadership statement and showing what's possible in the tablet space."

Bradley cites the small retail launch — Surface is only available directly through Microsoft in a limited number of countries — as further evidence that Microsoft isn't making a big play. In the same interview, Bradley says he isn't "a big fan" of Microsoft's tablet-centric OS. HP has previously said that, although it will to re-enter the consumer tablet market in 2013, there are no plans for a Windows RT tablet yet.