Microsoft to launch its own branded Windows 8 tablet?

There's already been tons of speculation and rumors about what Microsoft might be revealing on Monday. As we reported on Thursday, Microsoft has sent out invites to members of the media for what it claims is a major announcement on Monday in Los Angeles. The event comes just two weeks after the company's E3 2012 press event in LA.

The entertainment-based website TheWrap.com claims to have heard via unnamed sources that Microsoft will reveal plans for a "Microsoft-manufactured tablet" at the event, possibly running on Windows RT (also known as Windows 8).

While TheWrap.com claims that this Microsoft tablet was designed to go head-to-head with Apple's iPad. ZDNet.com's Mary Jo Foley speculates that Microsoft could in fact announce a smaller tablet that could compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

A number of other PC makers, including Dell and HP, have already announced plans to launch their own Windows 8-based tablets.  However, in Dell and HP's case, they seem to be targeting the business and enterprise markets. It's possible that Microsoft could launch its own branded tablet that's aiming for the consumer market like the iPad and the Kindle Fire.

In any case, we should learn everything on Monday, just two days before Microsoft is also expected to reveal official information about Windows Phone 8.

Source: TheWrap.com

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If the nY Times is correct then yes this is a huge ****ing announcement on Monday. Is going to be quite the impressive week for MS.

If it's as awesome as my ZuneHD was (and still is!) then I'd buy it no questions asked. I'd still like to hold it and play with it before making the final transaction. And yes, that's what she said.

The one reason why I would never buy a Microsoft Tablet is the fact it would never be released in Australia.

When the first Zune came out i was dieing for one, with rumors of it coming to Oz never panning out by the time I gave up on the idea, they released the Zune Pass for Australia, about 2 years after US i think it was.

Microsoft's biggest problem is they think only the US want their products and they forget in a global economy they should be trying to get products to as many people as possible. Apple knows this...

I will be saving for an Acer W700 that looks amazing and that will at least come to Australia.

While i share your views entirely on microsoft weirdly only focussing on 5% of the global pie as rediculous i think there is a another problem with Australia - stupidity is rife. I know from living in my share of countries that we are not a smart nation. Australians want Apple without investigation of the options. I think that it is a waste of time for a company like MS to try here because we are small and act like chimps.

Iridium said,
While i share your views entirely on microsoft weirdly only focussing on 5% of the global pie as rediculous i think there is a another problem with Australia - stupidity is rife. I know from living in my share of countries that we are not a smart nation. Australians want Apple without investigation of the options. I think that it is a waste of time for a company like MS to try here because we are small and act like chimps.

I just thought it was because Australia was full of venomous snakes and killer kangaroos. A really dangerous place, I'd say. Same reason no one sets up shop in war zones.

Source: Fox News Channel

Kitosh said,
.....

Maybe your country's barrier to foreign entry is too great.
Perhaps there are other factors that have prevented them from bringing products your way in the past.
This is a different ballgame however.

Kitosh said,
The one reason why I would never buy a Microsoft Tablet is the fact it would never be released in Australia.

Are you sure it was Microsoft's decision. I always read in the news how a country takes legal action and does not allow a product into their country. I think I have read some problems like that before with Australia.

Kitosh said,
Microsoft's biggest problem is they think only the US want their products and they forget in a global economy they should be trying to get products to as many people as possible. Apple knows this....

Licensing - it's to blame for a lot of the reasons why the Zune took so long to get to Australia. This is the number one reason services like Hulu and Netflix aren't available here. Why Spotify and rdio took forever to get here. So it's not always Microsoft's fault.

Coupled with the market size, it nearly always spells doom for Australians.

After seeing how poorly the zune HD did, I can't believe MSFT would try again. Do not buy this device. It will look amazing like the zune, but it will never be updated. It will be out specced from the day it is released. It will come in slow iterations with minor updates always failing to show innovation.

Other than the xbox, I'm done bying MSFT hardware. I owned a zune HD and the excitement faded when MSFT abandoned it.

neonspark said,
It will look amazing like the zune, but it will never be updated.

I'm not going to argue with the rest of it (agreed.. hit or miss depending on how much effort they put into it)... but did they do away with Windows Update or something?

neonspark said,
After seeing how poorly the zune HD did, I can't believe MSFT would try again. Do not buy this device. It will look amazing like the zune, but it will never be updated. It will be out specced from the day it is released. It will come in slow iterations with minor updates always failing to show innovation.

Other than the xbox, I'm done bying MSFT hardware. I owned a zune HD and the excitement faded when MSFT abandoned it.


I'm sure they've learned from these mistakes. Microsoft these days is taking on things differently.

neonspark said,
After seeing how poorly the zune HD did, I can't believe MSFT would try again. Do not buy this device. It will look amazing like the zune, but it will never be updated. It will be out specced from the day it is released. It will come in slow iterations with minor updates always failing to show innovation.

Other than the xbox, I'm done bying MSFT hardware. I owned a zune HD and the excitement faded when MSFT abandoned it.


If its windows or xbox linked you can be sure ms will stand by it

paulheu said,
Would not be surprised if this were true and the tablet was in fact designed by Nokia..

this, didn't nokia show/announced/leaked their development of a tablet? big chance MS considers that an inhouse product

If Microsoft release their own branded tablet, notebook, and phone (and maybe even a desktop, too), and they make all of that hardware consistent, I would be more inclined to stay with them than I currently am. One of the main driving forces behind my decision to switch to Apple products is how much I love that the hardware is produced by them. If Microsoft only release their own tablet, though, that won't be good enough for me. I prefer all of my hardware to be consistent.

Calum said,
If Microsoft release their own branded tablet, notebook, and phone (and maybe even a desktop, too), and they make all of that hardware consistent, I would be more inclined to stay with them than I currently am. One of the main driving forces behind my decision to switch to Apple products is how much I love that the hardware is produced by them. If Microsoft only release their own tablet, though, that won't be good enough for me. I prefer all of my hardware to be consistent.

The flip side of that is you get no real choice and must play in their sandbox. I much rather see a survival of the fittest than showing up on my OS designers website and "choosing" between 6 models of computers and paying outrageous prices for upgrades since I can't upgrade them later.

Calum said,
If Microsoft release their own branded tablet, notebook, and phone (and maybe even a desktop, too), and they make all of that hardware consistent, I would be more inclined to stay with them than I currently am. One of the main driving forces behind my decision to switch to Apple products is how much I love that the hardware is produced by them. If Microsoft only release their own tablet, though, that won't be good enough for me. I prefer all of my hardware to be consistent.

they already have a gang of Xbox 360 consoles out there, why not release a build of Windows 8 for it? or at least some more MS apps. first IE, next Metro Mail? it'll be like the Dreamcast all over again... minus Sega Swirl, which i still think needs to get ported to XBLA.

Calum said,
If Microsoft release their own branded tablet, notebook, and phone (and maybe even a desktop, too), and they make all of that hardware consistent, I would be more inclined to stay with them than I currently am. One of the main driving forces behind my decision to switch to Apple products is how much I love that the hardware is produced by them. If Microsoft only release their own tablet, though, that won't be good enough for me. I prefer all of my hardware to be consistent.

???

What exactly IS hardware consistency? That it's made by the same manufacturer? If so, Dell will fit that. MS has a commitment to SOFTWARE consistency, which is the great unifier when it comes to an ecosystem, not hardware.

Darth Tigris said,

???

What exactly IS hardware consistency? That it's made by the same manufacturer? If so, Dell will fit that. MS has a commitment to SOFTWARE consistency, which is the great unifier when it comes to an ecosystem, not hardware.


No. For me, hardware consistency is hardware that looks as similar as possible and is made by the same company. E.g. the iPhone and iPad look very similar, and iMacs/MacBooks look a fair bit like them.

An example of some type of hardware consistency I would like is a shiny black Microsoft phone, tablet, and desktop PC that look as much like the Xbox as possible. I would also prefer such a television, so that every device I own is made by the same company and looks the same.

the better twin said,
While we are going with wild speculation ill go with:
The revival of the courier!

I would love it......

the better twin said,
While we are going with wild speculation ill go with:
The revival of the courier!

it would not only be a huge announcement but seen with great eyes

Sokheang Thea said,
It won't happen. If it ever does, they will form close partnership, similar to MS and Nokia.

B&N you mean? They already formed a partnership, heh.

GP007 said,

B&N you mean? They already formed a partnership, heh.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Should be interesting to see what that turns in to.

FoxieFoxie said,
And no more bloatware

More than likely on WinRT they will have "bloatware" in the form of apps but those will be uninstallable easily just like on Windows Phone.

deadonthefloor said,

There's no bloatware in Windows RT.

Win RT IS bloatware. The only part in Windows 8 that isn't bloatware is the Desktop interface...

If it's a MS made tablet then I'm with MJ on this and say it's a smaller reader device to take on the Kindle Fire that's made with their B&N deal they did 2 months or so ago. This way they leave the iPad level full tablets to their OEM partners and don't step on any toes in the process. Hell, maybe this Reader isn't even full Windows RT as we've seen it either?