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Microsoft has begun teasing that it has a "major" announcement to make at a media event next Monday, June 18, while one report states that the company will show off new ARM-based tablets running Windows RT.

Members of the press were invited by Microsoft to a media event in Los Angeles next Monday for a "major Microsoft announcement." No other details were offered by the company.

Citing "sources outside the company," Ina Fried of All Things D reported on Thursday that the L.A. event is expected to show ARM-based tablets running Windows 8. The event will also reportedly "highlight some of the kinds of programs and services that will run on the products."

Windows 8 is scheduled to launch later this year on both traditional PCs, and portable low-power tablets featuring ARM processors. Apple's iPad, which currently dominates the tablet market, is based on a custom ARM processor.

This April, Microsoft revealed that Windows 8 on ARM devices would be known as Windows RT. It will be offered alongside Windows 8 on traditional PCs, and Windows 8 Pro, a more full-featured version of the desktop operating system.

Windows RT won't be sold at retail, and will only be available preinstalled on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. Microsoft hopes this will enable new thin and light form factors with improved battery life.

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Windows RT is also set to include a touch-optimized version of the Microsoft Office suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company is also rumored to launch a version of Office for iPad on Nov. 10 of this year, a date that could allow the company to first launch Windows RT and not give the iPad an early advantage with access to Office.

The ARM-based version of Windows 8 will not support installation of traditional computer software. Instead, Microsoft intends for developers to to focus on WinRT, the new Windows runtime that will form "the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds."

But some see Microsoft's approach with Windows RT as potentially confusing for consumers. Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan said in May that he feels the multitude of Windows-branded devices could end up benefitting Apple, as the iPad maker offers a more integrated solution and streamlined product lineup that could be less intimidating to consumers.

"We think that the consumer could be confused and distracted by the bevy of PCs, tablets, e-readers, and hybrid devices slated for release later this year," Moskowitz said. "A combination of varying operating systems and hardware form factors are the key reasons."

He said that a total of seven ARM-based Windows RT devices will be available at launch this October. He believes the general lack of available devices, relative to the sprawling PC market, is being driven by Microsoft, as the Redmond, Wash., software giant aims to maintain tight control over the initial release for quality control purposes.
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No major comment.

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Yawn.

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I have a "major."  In my pants.

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DOA
 

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I have a feeling the first sentence should have read that Microsoft has a "massive to make."  That makes much more sense.  Although a "massive" from Balmer is a scary thought.

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I have a "major."  In my pants.

Yeah, but Steve Ballmer wants to show you his "major"...

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new Windows runtime that will form "the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds."

Cloud enabled, touch enabled, web connected. Yup, nothing "new generation" about that, unless you're Microsoft and you've just arrived at the year 2010.

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Windows RT tablets are going to be awesome. Tablets that can run full desktop apps will be killer devices. What's that? Those tablets won't be able to run desktop apps? Oh? There will be Windows 8 tablets that can?

 

Oh well. I'm sure consumers will understand the difference.

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Why does there always have to be a 'Start' menu? is it because it always crashes and you have 'Start' over? It makes no sense in an always on device.

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There are a lot of network managers out there who have been stalling over iPads like crazy, waiting for these tablets to arrive. Being Windows based, they can lock them down so tight on data protection ground and to prevent inappropriate communication, that they can render the real versatility of a Window 8 tablet next to useless. Hang on thats not the same as Windows RT isn't it.

We do need to worry about the Windows 8 based tablet because, if the hype is to be believed, it's good....luckily we can rely on the Windows RT confusion and network managers to render them disappointing and useless.


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"He believes the general lack of available devices, relative to the sprawling PC market, is being driven by Microsoft, as the Redmond, Wash., software giant aims to maintain tight control over the initial release for quality control purposes."
 

Hmmm... something new in Redmond... quality control.

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If MS can keep the price of tablets at $200 they might be able to pull this off. But if they price it comparable to the iPad it will be DOA.

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post #14 of 85

Wonder what a Windows RT BSOD looks like?

 

:)
 

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post #15 of 85

It's the Zune Redux. GL MS.

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Windows RT tablets are going to be awesome. Tablets that can run full desktop apps will be killer devices. What's that? Those tablets won't be able to run desktop apps? Oh? There will be Windows 8 tablets that can?

 

Oh well. I'm sure consumers will understand the difference.

Then buy a Windows 8 - based tablet that uses an i5/i7 CPU instead. Then you DO have the killer device you mentioned. 

 

Those same consumers that you mentioned would be just as confused with the continuing fragmentation of capabilities across iOS devices. [Facetime over 3g only works on iPhone 4S model, not the iPhone 4. Don't forget the lack of Siri on the iPhone 4 even though it even worked on the 3GS before Apple bought the tech - cough BS....] 

 

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This is Microsoft's attempt to freeze the market just as they did on the old days with vaporware that never made it to market, although these products will eventually arrive. Their real problem is that Apple has not yet announced the updates to the iPhone and iPad which will unlock this market as people tire of waiting for the MS-powered devices to arrive. The biggest loser here could be Sammy who would otherwise look to have the summer to themselves without much "new" competition.

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Remember when XP came out, the popular sentiment was that Fisher-Price had infiltrated their design team?

 

This time, it looks like Duplo got the invite.

 

Pretty soon, they're going to run out of things to regress to.

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post #19 of 85

wonder what they will copy from apple this time.

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Whatever its limitations I think it's great that somebody is making the effort to work out a different approach to the touchscreen interface, rather than just ripping off Apple' as Samsung, HTC and the other 'I Scream Sandwich' clones have. The rip-off of the form-factor is another matter.

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I'm gonna queue myself around the block for this one.

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wonder what they will copy from apple this time.

Well, the secrecy for starters. Media event, nobody knows what it'll be... That's a bit Apple ain't it? But the GUI is not copied at least.

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There are a lot of network managers out there who have been stalling over iPads like crazy, waiting for these tablets to arrive. Being Windows based, they can lock them down so tight on data protection ground and to prevent inappropriate communication, that they can render the real versatility of a Window 8 tablet next to useless. Hang on thats not the same as Windows RT isn't it.


We do need to worry about the Windows 8 based tablet because, if the hype is to be believed, it's good....luckily we can rely on the Windows RT confusion and network managers to render them disappointing and useless.

I'm not even sure Microsoft is targeting enterprise users with Windows RT. The whole thing seems intended to save Windows from consumer irrelevance.

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wonder what they will copy from apple this time.

It'd be easier to list what they won't copy.

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Yawn

 

Because Windows Phone has done so well.  We'll all know by end of the year.  If they do not have meaningful traction by December, this effort is dead.  By January, everyone will be focused on the next new iPad launch.  And Apple will lower prices on the existing models.  And the hammer comes down...  

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It'd be easier to list what they won't copy.

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post #27 of 85

There is a lot to like in Windows 8. I left my iPad in the draw for a week as a bit of challenge and, well, lets put it this way, I genuinely believe iOS has more to learn from Win8 than Win8 has to learn from iOS.

 

Who else has tried the preview releases? Or are you just making judgement based on pictures and videos? :D

 

Not meaning to flame or anything :)

 

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Remember when XP came out, the popular sentiment was that Fisher-Price had infiltrated their design team?

This time, it looks like Duplo got the invite.

Pretty soon, they're going to run out of things to regress to.

Instead of rectangles they could do ovals. I always thought that the designer of the late 90s Ford Taurus, which was all ovoid, had grown up with a Lava Lamp in his bedroom.
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Window8mexico.jpg

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Because they have no taste?

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He said that a total of seven ARM-based Windows RT devices will be available at launch this October.

Sigh. No one is even interested in ONE good Windows tablet. I'm betting they can't even make ONE good tablet. What's it gonna be like when they spread everything they thought of out over 7 products?
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Remember when XP came out, the popular sentiment was that Fisher-Price had infiltrated their design team?

 

This time, it looks like Duplo got the invite.

 

Pretty soon, they're going to run out of things to regress to.

MyFirstWindows8.png

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Another one that is too late for tablet market. Everybody is too late to compete with Apple. In some ways that is sad, the good thing is Apple doesn't sleep in front of its competitors, but is always important to have a menace. That's the good thing of having Android out there, that it drives Apple's spirit.

 

Microsoft aren't the iPad killers. Nobody is. Everybody wants an iPad. It has become the word to describe a tablet. No one can take that away from them. The developer community have a consumer ecosystem. There are apps for almost everything.

 

Too late...

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Sigh. No one is even interested in ONE good Windows tablet. I'm betting they can't even make ONE good tablet. What's it gonna be like when they spread everything they thought of out over 7 products?

How you get 7 I don't know.

Apple has like 30

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Then buy a Windows 8 - based tablet that uses an i5/i7 CPU instead. Then you DO have the killer device you mentioned. 

 

Those same consumers that you mentioned would be just as confused with the continuing fragmentation of capabilities across iOS devices. [Facetime over 3g only works on iPhone 4S model, not the iPhone 4. Don't forget the lack of Siri on the iPhone 4 even though it even worked on the 3GS before Apple bought the tech - cough BS....] 

 

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I doubt that.  Don't all the Windows fanboys complain how Apple is constantly selling overpriced stuff to gullible masses?

Ergo, those who can't get it on their two-year-old out-of-fashion device will just run out and buy the latest.  Problem?

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...also

 

I think, that interface looks cool ...for 5 minutes.

 

Everybody could be tired very fast of those boring tiles. It certainly looks informative, but most people would like to keep those things more private (like the notification previews of iOS 5. I don't want anybody besides me reading the first line of my emails o my iMessages. Who knows when you are waiting something very personal or in terms of work, things that other employees shouldn't be aware of).

 

I think people don't want to look banners all day.

 

Also, there's a lot of screen wasted.

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MyFirstWindows8.png

LOL this is actually very well matched.

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If MS can keep the price of tablets at $200 they might be able to pull this off. But if they price it comparable to the iPad it will be DOA.

The minimum specs that Microsoft will allow their WRT to run on already precludes a price advantage. 

 

What I want to know is: Will the fat boy do a monkey dance at this event?

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Window8mexico.jpg

 

Engineers as a group have a remarkable lack of taste. While they can appreciate good design, they cannot usually create it.

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That color scheme is puke worthy. 

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