Steve Ballmer at CES 2012(Image via The Associated Press)
Microsoft recently announced that they had a major announcement that will be taking place in Redmond, Washington tomorrow. The rumors are pointing towards a Microsoft Tablet. The major rumor is that this tablet will be…
A BARNES & NOBLE TABLET
On April 30th, 2012 Microsoft announced a partnership with Barnes & Noble, a popular American book retailer.
This could make it an Amazon Kindle Competitor, a market that Barnes & Noble and Amazon have been head-to-head at. Mary Jo Foley has reported that if this were true, it would likely be running Windows Phone, not Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 Tablet OS. She goes on to say that it may be running Apollo, the next version of Windows Phone that is too be released by Microsoft.
Keynote in Redmond on June 18th.
We will need to wait, for the keynote to know exactly what this “major announcement” is. Engadget has put it perfectly…
“We’ll find out Monday — hopefully, whatever the firm announces will last longer than the Zune.”
The One Laptop per Child Group plans to display a $100 tablet at CES 2012. This tablet will be called the OLPC X.O 3.0 Tablet.
The OLPC’s mission is to provide Laptops (and now Tablets) to children who have ‘little or no access to education because of insufficient resources’.
“We’re proud to introduce the XO 3.0 tablet, showcasing the design, durability and performance features that make it a natural successor for our current laptops, which have been distributed to more than 2.4 million children in 42 countries and in 25 languages,”
-Edward McNierney, chief technology officer of One Laptop per Child
The Tablet has a 8 inch screen, Up to 10 hours of battery life, Supports both Android and Linux, and the tablet can be powered by hand cranks and by solar panels.
We will have more on this $100 tablet in the coming week.