Microsoft will unveil its own lineup of Windows 8 tablets on Monday at special event in Los Angeles, according to The Wrap. Microsoft will still be licensing its Windows 8 software for other tablet manufacturers to use, but the report claims that the Redmond-based company will now become a tablet hardware vendor itself in order to compete with Apple’s industry leading iPad. Details after the jump.
The company has scheduled a secretive event for Monday at 3:30 p.m. June 18 in Los Angeles, where it will make a “major” announcement whose nature has not been disclosed. Even the venue has not yet been announced.
But an individual with knowledge of the company said that Microsoft would introduce a Microsoft-manufactured tablet at the event, marking a foray into a new hardware category that would put the company in direct competition with giant rival Apple.
The tablet is expected to run Windows RT, a tablet version of Windows 8 that is powered by an ARM microprocessor. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has talked about the ARM technology previously at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In the past, Microsoft-based tablets have been released by consumer electronics makers Samsung and Hewlett-Packard. Would you buy a Windows 8 tablet?