Microsoft may finally unveil tablet strategy to coincide with Windows Phone 7 launch

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With Microsoft seemingly completely focused on the critical upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7, widely believed to be scheduled for the 11th of October, the company has been tight-lipped about its plans for the booming tablet space. Other than the software giant's statement that the Windows Phone 7 OS is not intended for tablet devices and that Windows 7 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 were its nominated platforms for the MID and tablet sectors, little is known.

Perhaps in a move to demonstrate its tablet intentions, however, CEO Steve Ballmer has now revealed that Microsoft intends to ship tablets running Windows operating systems in time for the upcoming holiday season. He spoke of how the company needs to cover all form factors and has been working on tablet devices from productivity and consumption perspectives. Rumors indicate that in addition to the official launch of Windows Phone 7 on the 11th, the company may also reveal its tablet strategy at the same event.

Without a doubt, WP7 will be the star at the show and Microsoft needs a strong launch as it plays catch-up, but it will certainly be fascinating to hear its tablet plans with regard to hardware and software if they materialize.

To add to the intrigue, Fujitsu is exhibiting a pair of mysterious non-working prototype Windows tablets at the CEATEC show in Tokyo (above and below) but no detailed information on either device has so far been released. Would you be interested in a Windows tablet not unlike the original Origami UMPC? Or does the current crop of devices and operating systems meet your needs?

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