Could Microsoft be planning a tablet for the end of next year? (Pankaj Nangia/BLOOMBERG)

Taiwanese tech site Digitimes has tapped its network of suppliers again to report that Microsoft is mulling a launch of its own tablet.

The site, which occasionally breaks good information, said that its supplier sources believe Microsoft is planning a tablet running Windows 8 by the end of 2012.

The company is said to be planning a branding scheme similar to the one it has for the Xbox, Zune and Kin smartphone and would be launched with help from Texas Instruments, the report said.

Whether the report is true or not, it would be wise for Microsoft to figure out where it stands in the tablet game. The company just revealed details about Windows 8, a more mobile-focused operating system designed to run on tablets as well as PCs, but there’s been no clear indication of whether it’s targeting Google as a competitor by providing a platform to other companies, or taking on its old nemesis, Apple, and launching its own hardware, as well.

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