Microsoft rumoured to build its own Windows 8 tablet

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10 June 2011 | 0

Microsoft is reportedly considering plans to build its own Windows 8-based tablet in partnership with Texas Instruments and hardware manufacturers in Taiwan. The rumoured Microsoft-branded tablet would be available by the end of 2012. The move would be a response to the success of Apple’s iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android-based tablets and smartphones from Google and its manufacturing partners. To create its tablet competitor, Microsoft plans to “copy its branding strategy” from products such as the Xbox 360, Kin and Zune, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes.

It may be that Microsoft’s plan is for something similar to Google’s Android-based Nexus One. By building its own tablet, Microsoft can create a reference device to show the world what a properly envisioned Windows 8 tablet should look like. A Windows 8 tablet free of manufacturer-ware and with high specs could rival any other device already on the market.

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