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Rumor: Microsoft Plans to Show Tablet Version of Windows 8 Next Week at D9

Bloomberg added fuel to the rumor fires claiming that Microsoft may show off the tablet version of Windows 8 next week at the AllThingsD conference.

Steven Sinofsky, the President of Microsoft’s Windows client division, is slated to take the stage during the three-day D9 confab, which kicks off on May 29. Ever since Sinofsky’s appearance at the show was confirmed earlier this week, there’s been talk that he’d show off an updated version of Windows 8 there.

MJFoley says that “Microsoft may share more details about Windows 8/Windows vNext at the company’s upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference in mid-July in Los Angeles. That may seem like a strange venue, but Microsoft’s resellers are its salesforce. And the keynote line-up for the WPC event includes a disproportionate number of Microsoft OEM (original equipment manufacturer) execs. The WPC is the place Microsoft often shares its roadmaps with its partners and highlights new PCs and devices that it wants them to go out and sell.”

The real launch pad for Windows 8 remains the company’s mid-September developers conference, which may or mayn’t ultimately be named as the Windows Developer Conference (WDC). Microsoft is widely believed to be planning to deliver to testers a first preview or beta of Windows 8 in conjunction with that conference. Hey, maybe we’ll even hear about the Jupiter app model/platform and Visual Studio 2012 at that time. The upcoming devcon is slated for September 13 to 16 in Anaheim, Calif.

While DigiTimes reported earlier this week that Microsoft and its partners are planning to get Windows 8 on ARM out before the end of calendar 2011.

[Via: All About Microsoft]

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