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Will show off device next week at All Things D and Computex

Although it's only been a few days since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the audience at the 2011 Japanese Microsoft Developers Conference that his company would not be releasing Windows 8 until 2012 (a statement that Microsoft later retracted), Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the company will preview an early version of its new, tablet-centric OS as soon as next week.

Bloomberg cites three anonymous sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that say the company will display a touchscreen tablet running on NVIDIA's ARM-based Tegra chip. Windows President Steven Sinofsky will present at the All Things D conference, and VP Steve Guggenheimer will appear at Computex in Taipei, according to Bloomberg. 

Microsoft representatives declined comment, but Ballmer hinted at the newfound urgency in a speech in New Delhi: "We are in a race," he reportedly said. "We are not doing that badly, frankly. We are doing pretty well in that race. But the race is on to continue to push Windows to a variety of new form factors." 

While the new OS will not be available until next year, "the company is eager to show it is moving forward, seeking to generate demand among computer makers and chip suppliers," Bloomberg's Ian King and Dina Bass write.



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RE: Windows-centric Business Model
By Oyster on 5/27/2011 9:21:15 AM , Rating: 2
You obviously haven't used ThinkPad tablets, have you? I have been rocking these (different iterations) for the past decade, and I was iPad'in it way before the iPad became game. I don't think I have ever come across an app that is more productive than OneNote.

And, of course, Ballmer wants to sell Office - people bitching about Office (or supporters of any other Office-like offerings) have never used and abused Excel and/or Word to their fullest extents. Ever try running a Monte Carlo simulation in Google Docs? LOL.

If there is something to be learnt from Apple, it is the art of Marketing. Oh, and market timing. Do you think iOS or Android would be doing so well had they launched after Windows Phone 7? Under Ballmer, MS has always been a follower, not an innovator. I only hope this changes with increased competition.


RE: Windows-centric Business Model
By Arsynic on 5/27/2011 11:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
Marketing isn't the problem. It's functionality. People don't bang out spreadsheets on tablets. They may view or edit, but consumer tablets aren't productivity devices.

MS needs to target the enterprise...specifically hospitals. Doctors and nurses would love to replace expensive laptops and powered carts for light-weight Windows tablets.


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