Microsoft to launch low cost Tablet PC

According to ActiveWin, Armin Cremerius-Gunther, Windows division head for Microsoft Germany, announced Tuesday that Microsoft intends to launch its own Tablet PC.  The article also states that Microsoft’s intention is to sell the Tablet PC for less than 1200 euros.  Microsoft realizes that the high costs of current Tablet PCs are a barrier to consumer adoption of the innovative platform which is pretty much the popular view too.  I’m not sure whether to believe this as it is so contrary to Microsoft’s philosophy of staying out of the retail computer segment.  They don’t even make a Microsoft branded Pocket PC so if this is indeed true I will be pleasantly surprised.  I will be very interested to have this confirmed by anyone at Microsoft who can comment.

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