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Windows 8 tablet

After a rocky end of 2011 that saw consumer interest in a Windows-based tablet drop from 46% to 25%, Windows is fighting back with a planned beta-version February release of their new Windows 8.

The full software release is set for June 2012, which as the folks over at Wired point out, this suggests that Microsoft has “really taken the time to develop a platform that will succeed on tablets, without abandoning the company’s PC roots.”

Windows’s lack of success in the tablet market is partly due to them coming late to the so-called 2010’s “tablet wars”. However, this could prove to be an advantage for the tech giant by surveying the current tablet field and finding out what needs to be done differently, not just by making another Apple iPad imitation.