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Microsoft Rumoured to Introduce a New Tablet to Compete with Apple’s iPad

by on June 15th, 2012

According to an insider tip to The Wrap, Microsoft is expected to jump into the tablet foray with its own offering, to be announced Monday at a media event:

The company has scheduled a secretive event for Monday at 3:30 p.m. June 18 in Los Angeles, where it will make a “major” announcement whose nature has not been disclosed. Even the venue has not yet been announced.

But an individual with knowledge of the company said that Microsoft would introduce a Microsoft-manufactured tablet at the event, marking a foray into a new hardware category that would put the company in direct competition with giant rival Apple.

We have seen Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tout Windows tablets before at CES, but what makes this particular story interesting is their decision to jump into the hardware market. Could we soon see a Microsoft designed, manufactured and software driven tablet? What would they call it? Windows Pad? Maybe Bill Gates will come back to show off the new tablet?

[via The Wrap]

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  • Dm100

    doomed for failure

  • They are doomed to fail as long as they remain a monolithic organization. Every product save for the Xbox is expect to run MS office and windows.

  • Marsdust

    Would love to see what new craplet they are about to offer.

  • By compete, they mean attempt to find a foothold and fail miserably like every other tablet manufacturer outside of the singular, cohesive tablet created by the company everyone wishes they were.

    I can see everyone getting their panties in a bunch when it fails because it doesn’t focus on what Apple does, making the user interface and device just perfect. Yes, it’s limited. Yes, it isn’t as flexible. But never have I wished I had any other device.

    Good luck MS. Honestly. There needs to be a kick butt competitor. They need to offer something stellar. If they make an Xbox worthy entry into the tablet market, then what the hell.