Microsoft to preview their Windows tablet OS next week

Hot off the heels of Ballmer talking about Google's tablet strategy being a failure so far, the latest in the rumour mill claims that Microsoft is going to debut their Windows tablet operating system next week.

As there has been very little talk about Windows tablets, let alone a tablet operating systems, Microsoft appears to be prepared to debut their latest creation to the world next week. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will showcase a the tablets touch-screen hardware, running an Nvidia Tegra chip.

According to the reports, three people within Microsoft who are familiar with the project, said Microsoft will demonstrate the tablet next week. They wouldn't give any specifics of the hardware or release dates, as the project is still top secret.

This is one market where Microsoft could potentially come out on top and rival Apple's iPad. There are currently a couple of Windows 7-based tablets on the market right now, but they also come with a hefty price tag.

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled an early build of Windows 8 to a private group of people at CES 2011. This preview showed the next major operating system from Microsoft running on an ARM processor. 

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Think kinect might be intergrated and that could be a top secret (just hover ur fingers over the tablet), also it will have IE 10 as default browser. There could be two types, one normal windows 8 tablet and the other windows 8 ultimate tablet (xp mode since xp was original tablet pc)

Just last night in bed I was thinking that it would be great if Microsoft released a tablet OS such as Windows Tablet 7 and now I open neowin and I see this article!! what a flabbergasting coincidence!!!!...

I really hope that this misinformation crazyness will end sooner than later:

iPad and clones are not "Tablet" devices; the "Tablet" concept was based on the ability to hand-write on a screen and having the device be able to save your text as it is or convert it to block letters.

Bill gates introduced such kind of devices in 2002:

http://www.life.com/image/1597287

Granted the first wave of these devices was running XP Tablet and there were several issues with characters recognition, the hardware was underpowered and overpriced but the concept was the right one.
Today W7 running on my Toshiba M400 has eliminated most of the issues and while I agree that a more "Touch friendly" GUI would be very useful I would never trade my tablet for an iPad. My device replaced my laptop, I use it to connect to our Domain, Exchange, it runs Office and it does everything a PC is supposed to be able to do.

iPad and clones are more similar to the "Smart Display" aka "Mira' concept that was, again, introduced by Gates in 2002. True, the idea never picked up because at the time the hardware was too expensive and not evolved as it is today but still the idea was there.

I belive it when I see it and I will comment on the OS when I see it, but... I hope its Metro UI. It might be windows 8 with a Metro UI Skin.

freak180 said,
Wonder what they got instore

Ballmer will come out all sweaty and shout a few things. Oh you were talking about the "Tablet". Not much of anything really.

UndergroundWire said,

Ballmer will come out all sweaty and shout a few things. Oh you were talking about the "Tablet". Not much of anything really.


+1 LOL

Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...

PlogCF said,
Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad.

Precisely why I never bought an iOS or Android device. For me anyway, I want one operating system, not several. Being able to use the exact same applications at the desk or on the go would be a major bonus versus having to fool around with a bunch of different programs doing the same thing.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...
Which is what this could be. We don't know. Maybe it's "Windows 7 Ultra Mobile Tablet Limited Metro Edition" or some craziness like that. Just using the Windows moniker doesn't mean it's going to be just like Windows 7. I too am hoping it's something completely new and designed from the ground up to operate on a tablet yet still allow us to use traditional Windows x86 apps. Now that would be cool!

Jen Smith said,

Precisely why I never bought an iOS or Android device. For me anyway, I want one operating system, not several. Being able to use the exact same applications at the desk or on the go would be a major bonus versus having to fool around with a bunch of different programs doing the same thing.

Can't agree more! QFT~

PlogCF said,
Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...

I beleive they are making a seperate tablet version -_- i mean it wouldnt make much sense to show off a "tablet" version now and wait to show the Pc version next year.

Jen Smith said,

Precisely why I never bought an iOS or Android device. For me anyway, I want one operating system, not several. Being able to use the exact same applications at the desk or on the go would be a major bonus versus having to fool around with a bunch of different programs doing the same thing.

That is why I hate Windows on my netbook or a tablet even. Netbooks run so much slower with an OS that is designed for better hardware specs. No thank you. I'm enjoying my Motorola Xoom and my Cr-48 Chromebook (and my mom is enjoying her hand me down Windows Netbook).

Don't get me wrong, I love Windows on my PC, but Windows on my netbook was an experience I don't want to go back to.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...

Firstly, there was a rumour that they were working on a more tablet-friendly UI for Windows 8.

Plus, it might not be able to run everything if its running on ARM

UndergroundWire said,

That is why I hate Windows on my netbook or a tablet even. Netbooks run so much slower with an OS that is designed for better hardware specs. No thank you. I'm enjoying my Motorola Xoom and my Cr-48 Chromebook (and my mom is enjoying her hand me down Windows Netbook).

Don't get me wrong, I love Windows on my PC, but Windows on my netbook was an experience I don't want to go back to.

Thats because OEM's were putting a version of windows not meant for tablets on their....well, tablets. Windows 8 is built specifically to be able to run on both desktops, and ARM chipset run tablets. The tablet version has a mix of W8 desktop, and more of the wp7 interfaces. I think its going to be great, and require much less to run than previous full fledged windows versions.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...

There's nothing wrong with "Windows" at all, the core OS and APIs work and they work great. The problem tablet/touch wise is the UI, a new redone UI solves that problem, supporting ARM nativelly solves the battery problem as well. There's no need to redo the wheel so to speek when MS has code that works right now.

PlogCF said,
Ugh, no Windows Tablets! I want a completely redesigned OS, like Windows Phone, for tablets. They did it before with Courier. Now make it a whole new OS, instead of slapping on Windows to it. That's how you'll compete with the iPad. Not that it matters much, anyway...

Disclaimer, total guess work and speculation............

Right, I ppersonally am expecting an early look at windows 8 tablet ui running on ARM, showing some apps like office (which they are porting to run on ARM with different ui) amongst others.

I do not expect anything near finished, I expect it to be shown on stage in a very controlled way in order to only show the bits that are lookin good, I expect thay will be doing this to sow everyone the main concept and idea behine the new tabelt UI, how metro will work and how/if native apps will work or require a port etc etc.

Early days, but a windows tablet, with long battery life, running office, zune etc along with many more apps, syncing with the already existing cloud services (mesh, skydrive etc.) will make me jump on the tablet bandwagon.

Add to this windows 8's app store, the speed of phone 7 development and I'd say microsoft is slowly but surely growing in momentum on all fronts.

duddit2 said,

Disclaimer, total guess work and speculation............

Just few, personal, observations:

Long battery life: it comes down to personal expectation but a 4 hours life for a laptop are enough for me and my Tablet (Toshiba M400 and W7 64 bit) last 4 hours. I need power more than life thus 4 hours are enough.

Running office, zune etc along with many more apps, syncing with the already existing cloud services (mesh, skydrive etc.): again my Tablet does all these tasks. PS Mesh is dead.... unfortunately.

Windows 8 app store: I do not mind it as long as it is optional and I can still buy apps elsewhere.

The speed of phone 7 development: I will pass on this; I am much more satisfied with the speed of Windows development.

PS: Using a Convertible Tablet since 2002

Fritzly said,

Just few, personal, observations:

Long battery life: it comes down to personal expectation but a 4 hours life for a laptop are enough for me and my Tablet (Toshiba M400 and W7 64 bit) last 4 hours. I need power more than life thus 4 hours are enough.

Running office, zune etc along with many more apps, syncing with the already existing cloud services (mesh, skydrive etc.): again my Tablet does all these tasks. PS Mesh is dead.... unfortunately.

Windows 8 app store: I do not mind it as long as it is optional and I can still buy apps elsewhere.

The speed of phone 7 development: I will pass on this; I am much more satisfied with the speed of Windows development.

PS: Using a Convertible Tablet since 2002

Just chaning the hardware from x86 intel/AMD chips over to ARM will give you the battery life people want independant of the software itself really, unless you're playing lots of games in the end.

Wanna compete with the iPad? Make sure this tablet doesn't need to plug into a PC to do anything. Then advertise that.

The iPad's psychotic dependency on a computer with iTunes is its biggest turn-off to anyone who's been around computers long enough rank QuickTime and its offspring roughly on par with RealPlayer.

Joshie said,
Wanna compete with the iPad? Make sure this tablet doesn't need to plug into a PC to do anything. Then advertise that.

The iPad's psychotic dependency on a computer with iTunes is its biggest turn-off to anyone who's been around computers long enough rank QuickTime and its offspring roughly on par with RealPlayer.

Which is probably why the rumors seem to be pointing towards Apple really beefing up their cloud services for iOS5, as well as over-the-air updating. I'm expecting a log-in-and-go system like Android.

Joshie said,
Wanna compete with the iPad? Make sure this tablet doesn't need to plug into a PC to do anything. Then advertise that.

The iPad's psychotic dependency on a computer with iTunes is its biggest turn-off to anyone who's been around computers long enough rank QuickTime and its offspring roughly on par with RealPlayer.

+1

It is such a turn-off that no one buys iPads and everyone is rushing and buying Android tablets/ Win7 tablets. Microsoft too thinks that connection to PC is a turn-off, hence, you don't need to connect WP7 to a PC with Zune in order to update the phone.

alexalex said,

+1

It is such a turn-off that no one buys iPads and everyone is rushing and buying Android tablets/ Win7 tablets. Microsoft too thinks that connection to PC is a turn-off, hence, you don't need to connect WP7 to a PC with Zune in order to update the phone.

Yes, because I totally implied that it was holding the iPad back from success.

Or you were just reading what you wanted to see and not what I actually said because you have a hard-on for being a contrary little troll.

Joshie said,

Yes, because I totally implied that it was holding the iPad back from success.

Or you were just reading what you wanted to see and not what I actually said because you have a hard-on for being a contrary little troll.

Yes, You did imply.

Yggdrasil said,
Give me Metro UI all over my face!

It will make you so disappoint when you find out the truth next week.

Unix2 said,

It will make you so disappoint when you find out the truth next week.

First time when I agree with you, it just doesn't fit.