SOFTWARE FLOGGER Microsoft is reportedly working on a Windows 8 tablet design demo for late in the second quarter.
The Vole leaked news of hardware developments for its next churn of Windows. The company hasn't even announced that it's working on Windows 8 yet but a reliable source told Business Insider it will be showing tablet designs this June.
The same tipster also claimed that Microsoft will copy Apple's user interface, binning the current Windows 7 look, which was based on Windows XP Media Centre PCs from way back in 2004. The Vole should know that a lot can happen in technology in seven years but it's apparently been doing nothing very useful to address the breakout tablet PC market segment for almost a full year now.
Microsoft killed its Courier folding tablet last April. Although that looked like a decent bit of kit, it didn't have an OS optimised for tablets. Windows 7 isn't built for tablets, which hit the market long after the company developed that user interface in 2004.
This last year Apple, Google, Research In Motion and even HP have been leading the charge with tablet specific operating systems, so Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do.
The Windows 8 tablet leak this week backs up another leak from Dell a couple of weeks ago. The INQUIRER reported that Dell managed to leave a roadmap laying around that was sent to Android Central by a tipster. It appears there is a Dell Windows 8 tablet scheduled for release in 2012. µ
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