The word on the street is that Microsoft is likely to come up with its own tablet PC next year which will run on the Windows 8 operating system.
According to a report published in DigiTimes, the software giant from Redmond, Washington will join forces with Texas Instruments and a Taiwan-based components maker for accomplishing this new project. Apparently, the journal report was based on unnamed supply chain sources.
Microsoft creates the very successful Windows OS and Office productivity suite, but it has been trying to move from strictly a software firm to a company that also sells its own branded hardware, mostly without success.
Microsoft's Xbox has a large share of the console gaming market, with Sony's Playstation 3 being its primary competitor, and the Windows Phone has had some success, but other ventures including the Zune mp3 player and Kin smartphone have been unpopular.
When Windows 8 was previewed it was revealed that the new OS would work on multiple platforms, setting the stage for a Windows tablet. This implies that Microsoft is thinking about moving into the tablet market in a serious way, competing with Apple's iPad, the Motorola Xoom 2 and any other tablets that come out in the next year.