Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to roll out its own Windows 8 tablet, complete with a branded Microsoft logo. The report comes from the folks over at DigiTimes and is based on information gleaned from “upstream supply chain” sources. The Microsoft tablet device would launch by the end of the year, according to the unnamed sources.
Who would have predicted the Redmond-based software giant would get into the business of manufacturing computer slates? According to DigiTimes’ report, Microsoft is keen on marketing brand name devices. But the company’s history with own-brand products is dismal. Remember Microsoft brand televisions?
“Although Microsoft has been seeking business opportunities outside of PC-related markets and is aggressively launching own-brand products, Xbox 360 is currently the only own-brand product line that Microsoft has achieved success, while Zune media player, Kin smartphone and own-brand TVs all had unsatisfactory performance. However, Microsoft is still considering to launch an own-brand tablet PC and is proceeding on a low profile, the sources noted.”
Microsoft reportedly plans to partner with Texas Instruments and Taiwan OEMs to manufacturer the Windows 8 tablets.
Would you buy a Microsoft brand computer tablet?
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