Microsoft is making a “major” announcement on Monday — suspected to be the revelation of a brand-new tablet.
What, exactly, that tablet will be remains up in the air. The company’s push toward Windows 8 has led to speculation that the company will show off its Windows RT tablets. But a report from TechCrunch has thrown some weight behind the ideas first floated by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who guessed Friday that the tablet would be a souped-up reader made in cooperation with Barnes and Noble — a device more like Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
TechCrunch’s unnamed sources say that is the case, and that the device may be the first non-Xbox device to stream Xbox Live services.
Many tech industry observers believe Microsoft badly needs a strong tablet strategy, and diversifying its price points with a powerful e-reader wouldn’t be a bad way to compete for the lower end of the market -- especially if it can pull in the multimedia services it offers on Xbox Live.