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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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The only way...
By Motoman on 5/27/2011 11:31:21 AM , Rating: 2
...a "tablet" really makes much sense, in general but especially for business use, is when it's a convertible laptop/netbook design.

Which is to say, an actual laptop/netbook whose screen can be rotated and folded flat to be used tablet-style, but also can be used as an actual computer with the keyboard.

Such devices wouldn't have to have much in the way of size or weight penalties - for example, take that new Dell netbook that's essentially as thin as a Mac Air and give it the swivel-screen treatment.

If you do that, you have one device that can solve multiple problems...which is a lot better, economically and procedurally, than having a tablet and a computer both.

RE: The only way...
By vincentyu2008 on 5/28/2011 2:07:05 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has already been pushing the whole PC industry in that direction for 10 years to no avail. It is a failure.

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