Rumor: Microsoft Announcing a Self-Branded Tablet on Monday

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wolfing

how could this remotely interest me? Let's see...
- Windows 8 tablet: I can run the programs I have in my PC Laptop. That means the tablet would have to have a good internal storage and/or slots for flash cards so I can actually install such software.
- Long battery life (8 hours of usage)
- Price (say, $400-$500).
- Touchscreen

I wonder though how software that's meant to be used with a mouse will behave with a touchscreen, specially those that require clicking in precise spots (like games, etc)

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devin3627

hmmm, internet explorer for xbox 360, and now this??? i think they might monopolize and make their device only fully-compatible with certain gaming aspects. wonder what trick they have up their sleeve. microsoft is too hefty to be making be making their own tablets unless they had a certain... "mmhmmm!" console in mind! their own $50 xbox live service! their own bandwidth! hmmm xbox live video communication. ideas anyone?

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aarcane

Windows has hardly won the platform wars. Whenever I go to the library (The only study commons at my campus due to construction) I see more macs than all other laptops combined!

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big_montana

Just because you see Macs at your schools library does not mean the platform is ongoing. Total PC Sales last quarter: 89 Million, total Macs sold last quarter 4 million, leaving roughly 85 million Windows PC's (I am certain some of those 85 million are running Linux, but a very small fraction). If you look at overall market share, Windows 90%, Mac OS X 5%, Linux 1%, iOS 2%, Android 0.5%. So, yes judging by these numbers, the platform wars are dead.

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loozer

x86 tablet hopefully.

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limitbreaker

microsoft has proven time and time again that any hardware with the microsoft logo on it is built very cheap and will not last if it isnt defective from day one.

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big_montana

Have you considered that fact that it will be produced for them by Barnes and Noble, since MS has a strategic partnership with them, considering MS invested $300 million in the Nook business unit?

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lunchbox73

My ZuneHD has been bulletproof.

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aarcane

I've had three microsoft mice in my life. Each has lasted far better than almost any other mouse I've ever bought. I keep coming back because they're simply the ultimate in awesome!

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Baer

I agree, I have only had to replace MS mice and keyboards because I wanted something newer. I also have been using a Windows phone for the last six months and I love it. I think MS is improving. While school is still out on Win 8 I think a tablet, assuming it is a good one, is a great idea.

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brkKAB123

I could care less about tablets. Give it time and they'll be just like netbooks currently are. Windows8, they can keep, too, as it's really just a tablet/smartphone o.s. I've tried every beta/release on my desktop pc. Every time, I'm back to using Windows 7 within 1-1 1/2 hours to get what I wanted to do done.Dual-booting 8 with 7 absolutely sucks, as you can't get into 7's safe mode, if needed. The so-called restore feature is uneccesary if you do any form of backups/system images. 1-2 seconds faster boot time to me isn't enough to ditch 7 for 9 on my ssd equipped pc. The Mail app in 8 sucks. Why was MS stupide enough to figure out to allow your isp given email address to work in it ? No, only Hotmail & Gmail work in it. Release Preview's Windows Store stopped working on my malware free pc after June
s 2 Patch Tuesday updates, actually 1 update. The 2nd was for Office 2010. 7 got got 15 updates and work's perfectly. Then they expect us Windows 7 user's to purchase the most expensive version of Windows 8 and then purchase the Windows Media Center addon, which we already have the same version of in 7. WMP is the same version and directx only get's a Service Pack update. Going from dx 11 in 7 to dx 11.1 in 8. Then fuck as gamer's, 8's are consoleitis game's, via Xbox 360/720. Not true pc games that use our expensive high powered video cards, cpu's,ram, etc.I see it now for a measly $400.00+ for 8 with WMC, we can have a lame o.s. without any dvd or blu-ray playback (unless purchased elsewhere for more money) that add's unecessary step's, that take's everything we already do, longer to do.

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RaptorJohnson

How much less could you care?

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DU00

LOL

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Happy

So now we know why the Windows 8 RT licences are gonna cost so much, because now that they're making their own Microsoft branded tablets they can make their tablets cheaper than other Windows 8 tablets. Other tablets will be stuck at an unreasonably high price b/c of Microsoft's expensive Windows 8 RT licence while they can sell theirs for cheaper.

Just my two cents.

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nbrowser

I sense failure coming, fast and furious.......

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whathuhitwasntme

do not want

really why would we?
they have proven in the past they can not make
MP3 players
Phones
most any portable device
why would I want a tablet from them?

you know there is a reason my even
GOOGLE doesn't do well in tablets.
its a hardware nightmare that updates and
gets new stuff almost weekly!

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Mikey109105

Oh look, another way for Micro$oft to rip consumers off. Oh well, lol. I have no interest in a tablet so this news doesn't really concern me all that much.

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warptek2010

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