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For decades, Microsoft has made the software that runs a majority of the world’s personal computers, leaving a gang of outside hardware companies to design the machines. Apple, its rival, makes it all.
Today, is no stranger to making hardware – along with the odd mouse and keyboard, it has been making and selling its successful Xbox line of game consoles for a decade.
Soon, the company would be announcing a Microsoft-manufactured tablet. More exactly Monday 18.06.12 Microsoft is announcing the launch of their own tablet. That could be the best interpretation of the tea leaves Microsoft has left scattered around the web recently.
Historically, Microsoft has relied on hardware manufacturers to build PCs for which it provided the OS (i.e. Windows and, before that, DOS). This business model has worked well for nearly three decades now, so why would Microsoft try to change the way they work?
“If it’s true that Microsoft is going to produce its own tablet, it’s a major turning point for the company and shows just how breathtakingly the landscape has changed in a just a few years,” said Brad Silverberg, a venture capitalist in Seattle and former Microsoft executive, who said he had no knowledge of the company’s plans. “The stakes are enormous.”
Microsoft has invited the media to an event in Los Angeles Monday afternoon (18.06.12), where it is expected to show its tablet device.
Sources: TheVerge, AndroidAuthority, NYtimes