Rumor: Microsoft To Launch Tablet

Print Email

Tech industry blog The Wrap reports that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will release its own tablet PC next week. That means it will follow Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) into the premium portable smartphone and tablet markets.

Google recently made a large gamble on the hardware segment of smartphones as bought Motorola Mobility. The Motorola products run Google’s Android OS. Microsoft’s tablet would be based on Windows RT, The Wrap reports.

This software is a mobile OS versions of Windows 8. The decision will not only put Microsoft in competition with Google. The tablet will also need to take market share from the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle Fire and Apple iPad. Other hardware companies have tried to do this with no success.

Douglas A. McIntyre