Microsoft, Samsung may unveil first Windows 8 tablet next week

Samsung logoThe first Windows 8 tablet will reportedly be unveiled next week by Samsung and Microsoft. The news originates from the Korea Economic Daily, which the AFP news service quotes as saying the Windows 8 tablet from Samsung will be shown at Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers in Anaheim Sept. 13-16.

While Windows 8 isn't expected until next year, Microsoft has confirmed that it will reveal more details about Windows 8 at BUILD, and we've known for some time it will have a user interface optimized for tablets. Windows 8 will also be the first version of the world’s most widely used operating system to run on ARM chips, which power the iPad.

The tech site This Is My Next further claimed this morning that developers attending the BUILD conference will receive a free tablet, and that it will use a quad-core ARM processor. Microsoft handed out free Windows Phone 7 devices to developers at last year’s conference. The difference this year is that Windows 8 isn’t available yet, so if there is a free giveaway it would be running a prerelease version of the OS.

Microsoft is saying that Windows 8 tablets will be able to run all the applications available to the desktop operating system, differentiating the Windows products from Apple’s split iOS/Mac OS X ecosystem. What is less clear is whether Windows Phone apps will scale up to Windows 8 tablets, but NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang recently told Cnet that he expects Windows Phone 7 apps to run on Windows 8.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, Samsung, tablets, Windows 8

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