Microsoft Schedules Windows Event for Monday, Could Show Windows RT

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Microsoft has announced an event in Los Angeles on Monday, and while the company has not divulged any details as to the event focus, speculation suggests it could center on Windows RT, which is the Windows 8 version destined for ARM tablets.

Since its original announcement at CES 2011, Microsoft has demoed the Windows RT platform on ARM-based tablets, but has typically kept them behind glass at tradeshows, both at the Microsoft booths and with partners like NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. This has led to speculation regarding specific Windows 8 ARM tablet features, like the fact that the devices will not feature a desktop environment and only have the Metro interface, speculation that Microsoft squashed with news regarding Office 15 for ARM tablets.

Other Windows RT details have leaked from vendors, including the news that Microsoft is charging vendors upwards to $95 per license, which will undoubtedly drive Windows RT tablet prices up.

That being said, Microsoft said it expects Windows RT devices to be released around the same time as Windows 8 rolls around on PCs, with at least ASUS confirming that it is working on a device.

Source: AllThingsD



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