Today’s Microsoft Announcement

June 18, 2012

There has been plenty of guessing about what Microsoft will announce at its media event this afternoon in Los Angeles. Now, one publication claims to finally have the answer.

TechCrunch’s Peter Ha reports hearing from sources that Microsoft is planning to announce a new tablet on Monday in partnership with Barnes and Noble.

Is it the Windows 8 tablet???

As Ha points out, this would mark the first big announcement since the two companies entered into a strategic partnership back in April.It looks like it’s a “New Nook”.

Microsoft has invested $300 million in a joint venture with Barnes & Noble.

The plan is to spin out the “Nook” e-reader business from Barnes & Noble, along with its College business.

Microsoft’s $300 million investment is worth a 17% stake in the new company, which means it’s valued at $1.7 billion.

While Ha’s sources didn’t offer up many details about the new device, one source did suggest that the tablet could be the first non-Xbox device to offer Xbox Live streaming.

Based on the tablets that Barnes and Noble has introduced to date, this could end up being good news for Apple as it would suggest the new tablet would be more of a Kindle Fire-killer than an iPad killer. Then again, with two fairly cheap tablet models in its lineup already, perhaps Barnes and Noble is looking to do something a little more high-end this time around.

The tablet becomes the new PC???

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