Posted by mLearnCon StaffCategories: Microsoft , Mobile Operating Systems , Tablet
Microsoft plans to unveil a new operating system designed for tablets within days, according to Bloomberg.
Citing three anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported yesterday that the software giant will be discussing its plans for tablets at some point in the next week, though they weren't certain where or when it would happen. Bloomberg's sources told the publication that the tablet-friendly Windows version would be running on hardware boasting Nvidia's ARM-based Tegra processor.
If the tablets are, in fact, running a processor based on ARM architecture, the operating system Microsoft would be showing off would not be Windows 7. That operating system currently doesn't support ARM-based processors. However, at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows will support ARM technology.
The timing of any announcement by Microsoft seems to fall in line with speculation over the last several months about the company's plans.
Back in March, technology blog Business Insider cited a source of its own that said Microsoft would demo tablets running Windows 8 by June. That source said at the time that Microsoft was being rather "Apple-like" in its strategy toward tablets and would bring some elements of Windows Phone 7 to the platform. However, Microsoft was tight-lipped at the time on whether it would even discuss Windows 8-based tablets at any point this year.
That quickly changed earlier this week when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said before developers at a conference in Japan that his company plans to outline details surrounding Windows 8 and Microsoft's tablet strategy quite soon.
"We're obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows," Ballmer said before the attendees. "Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We've done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We've added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there's a whole lot more coming.
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