Although Nokia has, until recently, performed with significant success in the mobile device market, it has never produced or released a tablet computer. According to PCWorld, that is about to change, as the company has revealed plans to release a tablet running on a mobile-optimized version of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system by June 2012.

The source reports that news of this development surfaced when Paul Amsellem, manager of Nokia's French division, recently spoke to the Paris newspaper Les Echos. He made the announcement in no uncertain terms, saying, "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8."

This upcoming tablet may be another facet of Nokia's strategy to rejoin the top businesses in the mobile device and smartphone accessories market. The company, once one of the most successful in its field, began to struggle for relevance amid the emergence of popular, high-performing and user-friendly mobile OS platforms like iOS and Android.

Amsellem also confirmed that Nokia planned to release another new smartphone in the coming months, to follow up the Lumia 800, which recently hit store shelves in several European countries. According to Engadget, British wireless service provider Orange is reporting that Lumia 800 pre-orders outnumber all previous demands for a Nokia device.