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Microsoft will release tablet OS in 2012?

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Mar 2011 9:33

Microsoft will release tablet OS in 2012? According to reports, Microsoft Corp. will not unveil an operating system for tablets to compete with Android and iOS until next year.
Bloomberg cites people familiar with the company's plans in reporting that Microsoft will not release a tablet OS until the 2012 back-to-school season. This means Microsoft will be entering the competition very late, with many analysts claiming 2011 will be the year of the tablet wars.

It provides Apple and Google with ample time to strengthen their hold on the market. Microsoft's OS will likely be released after a third iPad is unveiled by Apple. HP and RiM, among many other firms, will likely have released second generation tablets by then too.

In January this year, Microsoft vowed to support ARM architecture-based processors in the next versions of its Windows operating systems. ARM processors are used in smartphones and tablets to drive the feature-rich devices while keeping power consumption and heat as low as possible.

Higher demand for PC alternatives, such as tablets, will result in lower than expected PC shipments this year, according to research firm Gartner. Microsoft's Windows operating system powers more than 90 percent of personal computers, but Apple is claiming 90 percent of the tablet market, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Some tablets already run Microsoft software, but Microsoft is looking to update its Windows 7 operating system with features more tailored to tablets.

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