Is Microsoft building its own Windows 8 tablet?

Microsoft prepping Windows 8 tablet?
Microsoft prepping Windows 8 tablet?

We’re still a while away before we’ll see Windows 8 land in a retail tablet but a new rumor suggests that Microsoft may be one of the first companies to release one, as the software giant may be preparing to build its own Windows 8 tablet to battle the iPad and Android devices.

The report comes from DigiTimes, so take that for what it’s worth, but it does make for some interesting discussion topics. By making a Windows 8 tablets, Microsoft could ensure that the first (or close to first) product meets its standards and delivers a good experience. Like Google did with the Nexus lineup, Microsoft could have one halo device out there that shows how it wants the platform to actually run.

The downside of Microsoft making its own Windows 8 tablet is that it has the chance to alienate partners because this thing would be competing with computers and tablets from the likes of Acer, Samsung and more. Microsoft also has a spotty record with producing its own mobile hardware, as the Kin would be remembered as a disaster if anyone even bothered to remember it.

Still, the company isn’t always useless when it comes to creating hardware, as I’m typing this on an excellent Microsoft keyboard and I’ll use my Xbox 360 later to play some L.A. Noire. It would know what were the best hardware requirements for Windows 8 and it could try and get these out for a relatively cheap price in order to spur adoption.

Like I said before, it’s still just a rumor, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ll definitely keep an eye on this story as Windows 8 comes closer to being released. Do you think Microsoft should build its own tablets? Can it do this right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Via DigiTimes]

  • i think that what needs to happen hear is that microsoft brings up the dropped courier project and releace a few tablets one of wich being much like the courier and maybe that version of the tablet would come with software much like courier as a bundle. but i think it would be suprising that if they go through the trouble to make one that they would just stop at one version, even xbox had several versions. its not their game to just have one thing out. they like options and customers like something that fits their needs. i do hope that it dues come with some base specs like windows phone, what I WANT is OLED screens, 2-3 USB, HDMI out, bluetooth, front/rear camera, stylus, and it would be nice if i could synk my xbox controller/media remote to it, with out the need for the USB synk device. would just be nice. also for windows 8 its self i hope that kinect becomes a BIG part of the OS not just something random to through in. “better with kinect” on the box

    • Queue

      Why would anyone want a rear camera on a slate?  Are you going to carry it around to take pics?

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      Why would anyone want a rear camera on a slate?  Are you going to carry it around to take pics?

  • Gregory C Newman

    Microsoft is a software company they do make a few things like the Xbox that are hardware but in general they stay away from selling hard ware Microsoft will make a lot of money selling their new Windows 8 operating system that is optimized to work well on tablet computers.The Enterprise is in need of a very good Tablet that runs Windows and can interface with their desktop PC’s which are also running Windows software. Microsoft knows this and will get it done right. The Ipad for all it’s glory is not a windows enterprise device. The microsoft windows 8 Tablet will be. In the regular consumer market place even an excellent Tablet running Windows 8 will take time to start selling well because it will lacks the amount apps that the Apple Ipads and the Android tablets have. I read on the internet that the windows 8 tablets will be able to use windows phone 7 apps this is great news to hear because if it is true then any tablets running windows 8 will be useful and fun to use when they come to market and will sell better than then they would if they didnot not run windows phone 7 apps.

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