Microsoft to build its own Windows 8 tablet

Microsoft to build its own Windows 8 tabletWell, well, well. Next week is set to be a pretty big dealio in Microsoft town. On Wednesday, June 20, we’ll get a “sneak peek” at the “future of Windows Phone” (presumably Apollo).

But before all that, on Monday, Microsoft has promised a “major” announcement, and rumour-flavoured tongues are suggesting Team Gates is set to announce its own tablet to rival the iPad.

We met the first round of Windows 8 tablets at Computex 2012 in Taipei, including efforts from Acer and Asus (nothing from HTC though, eek). But what about a Windows 8 tablet straight from the Gates’ mouth?

Details are vague at this stage, but essentially Microsoft will contribute the software and hardware, with possible Windows 8 and ARM-based Windows 8 RT (Runtime) offerings. How odd.

What the heck does it all mean? Does Microsoft have such little faith in Windows 8 tablet makers? And how will they react?

Of course, Google kinda has a finger in the hardware pie, but it’s less direct. Traditionally Google will pick one lucky partner to build a Nexus device, often debuting the latest version of Android.

Expect more on this on Monday afternoonish, broskis.

via: AllThingsD

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 15, 2012 at 11:40

Hahahahaha

P.S. sorry, wrong thread ;)

krogothnx  Jun. 15, 2012 at 13:20

i find the title highly misleading - a problem that could be fixed with a simple question mark.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 15, 2012 at 14:07

i find the title highly misleading - a problem that could be fixed with a simple question mark.

I add that to my "Lewis Spank List" ;)
Thanks :)

satchef1  Jun. 15, 2012 at 16:15

The rumoured Nokia tablet was supposed to be launched around now too, yes? Coincidence? Wouldn't be surprised to see a Nokia designed and manufactured tablet with Microsoft branding. They seem determined to prop Nok up, and throwing the extra business their way can only help with that.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 15, 2012 at 17:11

The rumoured Nokia tablet was supposed to be launched around now too, yes? Coincidence? Wouldn't be surprised to see a Nokia designed and manufactured tablet with Microsoft branding. They seem determined to prop Nok up, and throwing the extra business their way can only help with that.

I actually wouldn't mind - Nokia's 3G netbook felt really classy although it was overpriced to oblivion.

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