Well, 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.