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06-17-12, 09:40 PM
Microsoft's "major announcement" (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/06/on-monday-microsoft-will-maybe-announce-a-tablet/) is less than 24 hours away, and Ars is going to have live coverage of the event. But it's fun to speculate beforehand, and the latest consensus from the always reliable¬*Internet rumor mill points to a collaborative tablet/e-reader with Barnes & Noble.

Today, TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/17/ms-la/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29) reported there was a shed of truth in all the tablet rumors from the weekend. The site spoke with "sources" who claim Microsoft plans to announce an entertainment-driven tablet/e-reader, which may include Xbox Live streaming capabilities.

We don't know just what Microsoft will reveal tomorrow‚??it may not even be a tablet. But out of the rumors so far, the Barnes & Noble one makes a bit of sense. After all, Microsoft typically doesn't build its own hardware, instead relying on OEMs. And Barnes & Noble already has a¬*strategic relationship with Microsoft (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/04/microsoft-buys-stake-in-nook-college-textbook-business/), with Redmond investing $300 million in the Nook business.¬*In that agreement, Microsoft took a 17.6 percent stake in a newly formed subsidiary that handles B&N's digital and college bookstore businesses. That partnership would also result in a Nook application for Windows 8. A Nook-ified Windows 8 tablet isn't so far from the realm of possibility (even though the current Nook Tablet (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/11/lean-mean-consuming-machine-reviewing-the-nook-tablet/) is Android-based).

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