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03/15/2012

Lenovo prepping Windows 8 tablet: reports

When Windows 8 finally launches – most likely later this year – it may be immediately available on more than just traditional laptops and desktops.

Reports suggest Lenovo is going to have a tablet running Microsoft’s next major operating system at the time of the OS’s release.

According to the Verge, the tablet will run an Intel chip (not an ARM chip used in iPads, Android tablets). They also say it’ll likely have a 13.3-inch screen, which is pretty much the size of many laptops sold today and significantly bigger than most tablets. Portability might not be a strength here...

When can we expect Windows 8? Most likely in the fall of 2012, reports suggest. That would release it just in time for the holiday rush, but right after lucrative the back-to-school season.

Windows 8 will sport some major changes, with some saying it will be the next Windows Vista, which was as successful as the Leafs’ playoff run in recent years.

One major change users will notice is the lack of a Start button, a feature first introduced on Windows 95.

The new operating system will also feature a new interface, known as ‘Metro.’ It’s similar to the active tiles we’ve seen on Windows Phone 7 - but never really caught on in terms of popularity.

What features do you want to see in Windows 8?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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