In case you didn't hear, people are extremely confident in the rumors that a hush-hush event on Monday will reveal a Microsoft tablet announcement. Now some of those people include The New York Times, who have published an article that confirms with "people with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans" that the home of Windows is about to create its own tablet competitor. And when the Times goes to print on something, it's not just a rumor anymore -- it's a fact.
Author of the article, Nick Wingfield, confirms that the tablet will be one based on Windows RT, the ARM-enabled version of Windows that won't have full legacy support but will tout more efficient mobile power. This is also apparently going to take the iPad head-on, which makes this very unlikely to be a Kindle Fire competitor at a sub-$200 price point. Times also points out that this will be the first computer that Microsoft has ever made in its entire 37-year existence, which does indeed make this a gargantuan turn of events.
There is some fear that this Microsoft-backed tablet could cannibalize and hurt their partner's tablets, but based on what we've seen from the company's partnership with Nokia, they will still be giving their partners more than a fair chance to compete. Next week is going to be an all-out hurricane of news, so relax for the next two days because things are about to go freaking nuts.
Source: The New York Times