Microsoft: No comment on future Windows 8 Nook tablet

Today's surprise announcement of a partnership between Microsoft and bookseller Barnes & Noble on a future Nook spinoff business naturally generated speculation that any future Nook tablets and eReaders might have Microsoft's Windows 8 inside. During a Q&A session on an financial analyst conference call today, one of the analysts asked flat out if a Windows 8-based Nook tablet was in the works.

Unfortunately, the executives at the conference call were not that forthcoming, saying that they were not commenting on any future product roadmaps at this time. Microsoft president Andy Lees also said that the company has yet to do any teardowns of the Nook products to see if they could in fact run Windows 8. However, it was mentioned in the Q&A session that this new agreement naturally lends itself to more collaborative ventures, although no specifics were mentioned.

Currently, the Nook Tablet and the earlier Nook Color devices run under a modified version of Google's Android 2.3 OS. Before today, Barnes and Noble and Microsoft were actually involved in a lawsuit, with Microsoft claiming that the Nook Tablet and Nook Color were in violation of some of Microsoft's patents. 

A cheap Windows 8-powered Nook tablet would certainly be a quick and easy way for Windows 8 to be introduced to the masses. Currently, the Android-powered Nook Color sells for just $169 while the Nook Tablet sells for either $199 or $249.

In related news, Barnes and Noble's stock price is surging on the news of the Microsoft partnership; it's currently up 64 percent as of this writing.

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"Unfortunately, the executives at the conference call were not that forthcoming, saying that they were not commenting on any future product roadmaps at this time."

How exactly is this news? MS never comments on unreleased roadmaps.

I always was of the opinion that you should never, and I mean NEVER underestimate he power of Microsoft's Executive team. Balmer is a very smart man and the right person to head Microsoft. He knows how to negotiate his way out of the most difficult situation. Moving Lee to this undisclosed division was a very good move, and today we see just one of its fruits. God knows what other surprise they have in store for us. I am 100% certain that before Win8 releases, there will be another bombshell announcement. Grab a coke & some popcorn, because in this opera, the fat lady has not sang yet.

vhaakmat said,
I always was of the opinion that you should never, and I mean NEVER underestimate he power of Microsoft's Executive team. Balmer is a very smart man and the right person to head Microsoft. He knows how to negotiate his way out of the most difficult situation. Moving Lee to this undisclosed division was a very good move, and today we see just one of its fruits. God knows what other surprise they have in store for us. I am 100% certain that before Win8 releases, there will be another bombshell announcement. Grab a coke & some popcorn, because in this opera, the fat lady has not sang yet.

I think I would take Eric Schmidt. Balmer is not the best executive in the world. The management at Microsoft is not the best otherwise they would have been in better position then where they are now.

It'll happen. Just give it time. Barnes and noble isn't a software company, the ability to outsource the software to Microsoft is a major win for them. Losing Android and its lag is another win.

FoxieFoxie said,
And would perform 50x better than Android

exactly, nook tablets are now slow as hell. kindle fire is no better but since it has dual core processor its a little bit faster.

S3P€hR said,

exactly, nook tablets are now slow as hell. kindle fire is no better but since it has dual core processor its a little bit faster.

Nook Tablets have the exact same 1GHz OMAP4430 Dual Core CPU as the Kindle Fire. They also have more storage (including microSDHC support) and the 16GB model has twice the RAM. For ~$200 they are pretty awesome hardware but sure they get smoked by much more expensive tablets.