Microsoft tablet to bring surprises, new operating system

Announcment event for new tablet said to be currently underway

WRITTEN BY: Sara Hall
A Microsoft tablet is set to be announced today.
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A Microsoft tablet is set to be announced today.

The new Microsoft tablet has the Internet buzzing about what will be offered on it.

This caused Microsoft to address the rumors – kind of.

"This will be a major Microsoft announcement - you will not want to miss it," the company said in an email invite directed towards the media on Thursday.

One of the biggest buzz topics is what system the Microsoft tablet would run.

The New York Times reported Monday that sources told them the new Microsoft tablet will run the Windows RT software, a surprise considering how much the company had been touting Windows 8 for their regular computers.

However, Windows RT is said to be widely different than Windows 8. While the two have some shared code, they are said to be distinctly different operating systems that perform on different processor platforms.

The apps on the Microsoft tablet are also reported to be designed for exclusively for Windows RT. This means any apps for Windows 8 will not run on the new Microsoft tablet.

The Windows RT software will not be available for download outside of its pre-instillation on the Microsoft tablet devices, although rumors are swirling that it could eventually be brought to other Microsoft devices.

The Microsoft tablet is set to compete with Apple’s iPad and should be available just in time for the holiday season. With a rumored new iPad model around the corner, consumers will inevitably have more tablet options from which they can choose. This competition could also drive down the tablet prices.

The event discussing the Microsoft tablet was set to start at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time. More details are said to be released as the event continues.

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