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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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What the hardware will be
By Dave2009 on 5/29/2011 7:03:08 AM , Rating: 2
Consider that by the time windows 8 launches, the hardware inside tablets will be at least equivalent to current netbooks. So ok an Atom processor doesn't do a great job of windows 7 (half my problem is simply that the basic theme is ugly) but AMD's new chips can run windows 7 home premium and they’re only a little bit faster, so for MS to optimize win8 to run on this sort of hardware is believable.

As for office and the whole argument of productivity on a tablet imagine a version of the Eee pad transformer running windows, for many (my parents as an example) that would be enough to be the only device they'd need.
And with a new Atom architecture and 22nm to come in the next 2 years running a real operating system like windows puts a device like that well ahead of the iPad in terms of functionality.

In my opinion iOS is simply a far too closed a platform for an iPad to ever be considered a "real" computer. I’d simply always need to be able to open from and save to a USB, and this alone is enough that I believe once the market settles down a bit Android and Windows will be the major platforms in the tablet space.
That and the fact that only Apple will ever make apple products, leaving a giant industry of hardware manufacturers to sell products running someone else’s software, and people already know and are comfortable with windows.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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