Though rumors of a new Windows tablet operating system have been circulating for the better part of a year, Bloomberg recently reported that Microsoft is ready to give it the spotlight as early as next week.
Sources familiar with the company's plans reportedly told the news provider that the new mobile OS will be debuted at two events – the Computex show in Taipei and the All Things Digital D9 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Few details about the OS itself have surfaced, but, according to Bloomberg's sources, the tablet itself will include a touchscreen interface and run on a microprocessor from Nvidia based on ARM architecture.
Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to the new operating system as Windows 8 and said tablets running the OS will be released in 2012. However, he later retracted these comments.
In a recent report, Gartner predicted that Microsoft's tablet market share will be minimal during the next few years. Instead, the market will be dominated by Apple's iOS and Google's Android, which are forecast to make up a combined 85 percent of the market by 2015.