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Microsoft Tablet Kindle Fire Rival Launching Today?

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Microsoft is holding a press conference later today in Los Angeles, and rumours indicate that it'll see the introduction of a Kindle Fire-style device, running Windows 8. Reportedly made in association with US book retailer Barnes & Noble, it'll have at least half an eye on the ebook reading crowd.

According to sources talking to Techcrunch, Microsoft's press conference later today will see the unveiling of a Windows 8-powered tablet. It's the result of a joint partnership between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble - a $300 million joint venture between the two, dubbed Newco, was announced back in April.

Although Microsoft has not made any officially reveals on the tablet as yet, the bookish association suggests it's likely to be a smaller-form device - more Amazon Kindle Fire than Apple iPad. Techcrunch's sources also say that the tablet with offer "Xbox Live streaming", although this is likely to relate to movie streaming rather than the altogether-more-tantalising game streaming the term points towards.  

In some respects, the announcement of such a tablet makes sense - Windows 8 is out in preview form already and several other companies have announced their own Windows 8 tabs. However, isn't two months following the official kick-off of the partnership a little soon to be sprouting sprogs?

We'll be back with all the official announcements later today.

via Techcrunch

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