Microsoft is apparently planning to preview Windows for tablets as soon as next week. According to a report by Bloomberg, Microsoft will be showcasing the new tablet OS at the All Things D conference as well as Computex. Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows division and Steve Guggenheimer, Vice President, OEM division are expected to do the honors.
Microsoft will be showcasing the new OS on hardware powered by the Nvidia Tegra chipset. The new version – Windows 8 – will be launched officially in 2012.
With the iPad 2 dominating the market, and Android expected to take a major share of the pie by the time Windows 8 launches, chances are that Microsoft may not be able to make even a dent in that space. It may be too late to the party.
The first Windows 8 tablet prototypes will be powered by ARM processors, not Intel. This is a huge step away from the Wintel partnership which has been prospering since decades.
Intel will also be launching tablets at Computex 2011, powered by Android, MeeGo and Windows.