Microsoft bringing Samsung Windows 8 tablet to BUILD

At the upcoming BUILD conference, taking place next week, it is being reported that Microsoft will be showing off a Windows 8 tablet that was manufactured by Samsung.

The report comes from the Korean Economic Times (via Yahoo,TNW). The report is clear and straightforward by saying that the device will be shown off next week.

The Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source, said the new tab based on the Windows 8 system would be unveiled at Microsoft's BUILD developers' conference in California from September 13-16.

It is also expected that Microsoft will hand out this tablet to BUILD attendees. Microsoft is looking to get the device into as many developer hands as possible to help facilitate third party applications for its upcoming platform.

While Microsoft may be a late to the tablet game with Windows 8, it has the power and ability to force the product into the market. The interface for the tablets is also decidedly different from others on the market. The Metro design language is bold and a new look for the company, one that it is betting nearly all of its products on.

The tablet will most likely be run on an ARM based processor which Microsoft first showed Windows 8 running on at CES in 2011.

If Microsoft does hand out the tablets next week, it will be the first time that a third party has gotten its hands on the new UI outside the walls of Microsoft. You can bet that Microsoft worked diligently to make the preview as rock solid as possible as first impressions can make or break the future of Microsoft’s tablet strategy.

Although the tablet market has been in the news lately, BUILD will not be the first time Microsoft has stood on stage to show off its tablet product; Bill Gates did the same thing nearly 10 years ago.

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I actually don't think its a Samsung. Or at least, there will be two tablets. Fujitsu is also bringing theirs

I hope this won't be the only way to get the ARM build of WIndows 8 developer preview.
I bought a discount tablet from another vendor I was hoping to get running Windows 8...

dotf said,
I hope this won't be the only way to get the ARM build of WIndows 8 developer preview.
I bought a discount tablet from another vendor I was hoping to get running Windows 8...

I am pretty sure they will offer a Beta build and later a "public preview". Personally I am going to buy a Lenovo tablet with multi-touch screen etc.
I have used a Tablet since they first became available and I like more raw power over 10 hours of running without charging.
Said that I would also add that personal preferences vary and other people will favorite the opposite.

Hand out an ARM tablet with all day battery and win8 and ill be impressed...till then ill just settle for unvieling of some new Win8 features and maybe a Beta 1 date.

I'm not going to Build so I hope they put these things on sale straight away, I'm buying one if they do. I know that its very very unlikely...but I can hope!

Wonder how much they'll be going for on eBay in a few days time!

This is good news and I hope successful. However, I wonder if Apple will go to court to try to stop Samsung from selling this tablet as they have done with the others!

leveck said,
This is good news and I hope successful. However, I wonder if Apple will go to court to try to stop Samsung from selling this tablet as they have done with the others!

Probably not. They won't have the guts to stand against MS in court.

leveck said,
This is good news and I hope successful. However, I wonder if Apple will go to court to try to stop Samsung from selling this tablet as they have done with the others!

Apple won't block it, it's from Microsoft. If they try Microsoft would beat Apple down to the ground. Microsoft Protects their partners who license their operating systems therefore apple can't sue. that's something the regulars know...

ctrl_alt_delete said,

Apple won't block it, it's from Microsoft. If they try Microsoft would beat Apple down to the ground. Microsoft Protects their partners who license their operating systems therefore apple can't sue. that's something the regulars know...

Microsoft and Apple also have a patent cross-licensing agreement in place. This is the one that was negotiated by Bill and Steve back in 1997.

Long Zheng was right!

And this is a really great news, as it means we will get a good dose of reviews and perspectives on W8 when this event is over. I love reading reviews of a single product from several places.