First Windows 8 tablet to be a Samsung product?


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. (Lou Dematteis/LOU DEMATTEIS)
September 8, 2011

Microsoft has been slow to get a tablet to the market, but reports of a new Samsung/Microsoft device have popped up as the company prepares to offer a first look at its unified mobile and PC Windows 8 system.

A report from the Korea Economic Daily cites industry sources saying that the tablet will be introduced at the Microsoft BUILD developer’s conference, set to take place Sept. 13-16. In fact, according to ZDNet’s Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley, the company could be planning to hand out a quad-core slate to developers who attend the conference, and WinRumors reported that it’s likely the tablets will be running Microsoft’s new system.

The system isn’t expected to hit shelves until next year, but the company has said that Windows 8 will run all mobile and desktop applications, achieving a unified ecosystem that Apple doesn’t have. Windows Phone 7 has seen modest market share growth with its slick tiled interface, something that the next operating system will also feature.

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