Tab Uprising: Microsoft To Unveil Samsung Windows 8 Tab Next Week – Reports

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Look out Android and iOS, there’s a new tab player in town. But how big a player Microsoft Windows for tablets is, codenamed W ‘8’, will be revealed by Windows President Steven Sinofsky to developers next week.

But the big surprise, is the fledgling OS will be demoed on a Samsung tablet, no less.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>The Korea Economic Daily reports Windows 8 have partnered up with Android darling Samsung to run its tab on the platform, citing 'sources.' &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><table cellpadding="4" border="0" cellspacing="0" style="" align="Right"><tbody><tr><td width="300" height="300"><a href="javascript:;" onclick="window.open('http://tbotest.net/smarthouse_oldtest/images/shared/20110909015320f9cda.jpg', 'foo', 'width=450, height=326, scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes');"><img src="http://tbotest.net/smarthouse_oldtest/images/shared/20110909015320f9cda_300x300.jpg" border="0"></a><br>Click to enlarge</td></tr></tbody></table>The Korean giant is no stranger to the Microsoft OS and already runs a smartphone on Windows Phone 7, although for the most part is an Android devotee.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>"This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," AFP reports citing sources.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Samsung have declined to comment although this break-away from Google's platform began last week, when it announced several new handsets running its home grown Bada platform.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>And Sinofsky will be looking to get this gamble on tabs right - Windows 8 will have much catching up to do with already ubiquitous iOS which runs top selling iPad, and Android Honeycomb, which Samsung, Asus and Toshiba tabs all operate.</div><div><br></div><div>Windows 8 for tablets will be related to the Windows Phone 7 software, characterised by the tile interface that ties in all of communication tools on the user interface, with regular updates.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>But although a late entrant, the software king may not have missed the boat on tablets, still a growing category and Microsoft definitely has a large enough user base, particularly among business users - one of the main consumers of the portable PC.&nbsp;  </div><div><br></div><div>"Windows 8 is about reimagining Windows, so we took on the challenge to improve the most widely used desktop tool (except maybe for Solitaire) in Windows," wrote Microsoft in a recent blog posting.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Read <b>Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet To Steal iPad Sales From Apple<a href="http://www.smarthouse.com.au/Home_Office/Notebooks_And_Tablets/T5D3T7D3"> Here</a></b></div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp;"Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact,"  is how head of Windows Experience, Julie Larson-Green charachterised the upcoming OS.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><div class="NFBreak" style=page-break-before:always contenteditable="false">&nbsp;</div>There is no other news about other possible carriers jumping into bed with Microsoft, although we have heard it may launch its own branded slate.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><table cellpadding="4" border="0" cellspacing="0" style="" align="Center"><tbody><tr><td width="300" height="300"><a href="javascript:;" onclick="window.open('http://tbotest.net/smarthouse_oldtest/images/shared/20110909022700d8cd8.jpg', 'foo', 'width=500, height=373, scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes');"><img src="http://tbotest.net/smarthouse_oldtest/images/shared/20110909022700d8cd8_300x300.jpg" border="0"></a><br>Click to enlarge</td></tr></tbody></table>But with just 30,000 applications compared to Android 250K and Apple 400K-odd, Microsoft will be looking to seriously impress developers with its tile brainchild and lure them to the platform.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>All will be revealed at Microsoft BUILD annual conference which kicks off next Tuesday 13-16 September.       </div>
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