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Posted at 9:57 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Reports: Windows tablets in 2012, demo by June?

By Hayley Tsukayama

A Friday report from Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft will not launch a tablet version of Windows until the late summer or early fall of 2012.

The report builds off a few Windows 8 and tablet rumors that have been building past weeks. Late last month, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley published a screen shot she received from a source that showed Microsoft should be on track with its second milestone for developing its latest platform, putting it on track for its third milestone and a planned September 2011 release .

On Tuesday, Business Insider reported that the company is planning to show design demos of Windows 8 on tablets by the end of its fiscal year in June. The design is said to be based on a more "Apple-like" interface design and concepts from a 2004 interface called "Metro." That article also pointed out that if Foley's screenshot is correct, the company is following the same steps it did with the Windows 7 release with a public preview a year before the official release date.

All these reports cite the usual (somewhat cloak and dagger) "people with knowledge of the plans" or other anonymous sources who declined to be identified, but the rumor mills all seem to be churning in the same direction.

The real question here is whether waiting until 2012 to release a tablet Windows OS is soon enough to compete with whatever Apple and Google's Android have cooked up by then. Apple CEO has said 2011 is the year of the tablet (well, specifically the post-PC or iPad 2), so will a 2012 offering be soon enough for Microsoft?

What do you think? Is Microsoft waiting too long to take a jump into the tablet market?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 4, 2011; 9:57 AM ET
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Comments

I think it's a matter of delivering something that's solid and not just a rewrap of Windows. If what they release is as solid as Windows 7, I think it'll be worth the wait. Sure they'll have to play catch up but at least it'll be with a solid foundation (and not just like the Kin).

Posted by: tundey | March 4, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about MS that they've been trying to push tablet computers since well before the iPad, but they don't yet have an OS optimized for tablets? Brain-dead management. Strategically, they're f***ed.

Posted by: skrut003 | March 4, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If MS is serious about getting ahead in tablet war, they have to come out with a OS that runs smoothly and with hicks. Not only so, they have to have features that propel vision for tomorrow, like Apple did. They just cannot "cut & paste" from other OSes, and expect the users to rush to use it. And they have to come out with this soooon!

Posted by: aktan008 | March 5, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

ms is going to put out a product that gonna to meet the needs of students and working america being first is not always better I.m confident ms will produce an efficent and quality product to meet the needs of the comsumer internet browsing,pics and reading books is fine ms will be putting out much more for consumers It will be well worth the wait

Posted by: mahalia09 | March 6, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

ms is going to put out a product that gonna to meet the needs of students and working america being first is not always better I.m confident ms will produce an efficent and quality product to meet the needs of the comsumer internet browsing,pics and reading books is fine ms will be putting out much more for consumers It will be well worth the wait

Posted by: mahalia09 | March 6, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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