Microsoft may be considering its own-branded Windows 8 tablet, according to reports.
The software giant is considering the move to counter balance Apple’s iOS and iPad market share. A report from DigiTimes on Wednesday suggests that the company is working with Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs to create a Microsoft branded Windows 8 PC. DigiTimes suggests that Microsoft may launch the tablet by the end of 2012.
The software giant held a technical preview at Computex recently to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets. Angiulo showed how Windows 8 works across x86 and ARM-based chips. Microsoft previously introduced a technology preview of its Windows ARM support by showing off an early build of Windows 8 at CES 2011. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.
DigiTime’s report, if accurate, would explain some recent Taiwan based PC manufacturers complaints, aimed at Microsoft. The software giant has reportedly talked with Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD to seek their participation in a special Integrated Development Program for Windows 8. However, Taiwan-based PC manufacturers, some with long-term partnerships with Microsoft, have complained that they have been excluded from the special development program. The companies have complained to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan to seek government involvement.