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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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By StevoLincolnite on 5/27/2011 11:04:29 AM , Rating: 4
I have a Windows 7 convertible Netbook/tablet, it's actually a rather great experience.
Just a shame my system is paired with a craptastic Intel Atom, 2gb of ram, 500gb 7200rpm HDD, Intel GMA 3150 Decelerator graphics...
Waiting on AMD's Fusion E-350 to come available in the same form factor in my region before I upgrade it.

The cool thing though is that allot of ancient 2D accelerated games like: Alpha Centauri, Civilization 2, Master of Orion 2, Sim City... Work incredibly well with touch, despite being released 10-15 years before touch-screens were even thought to ever arrive on Windows.

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