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Old 06-17-12, 08:40 PM   #1
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Post Rumored Microsoft tablet may involve Barnes & Noble, Xbox Live

Microsoft's "major announcement" 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 reliableInternet rumor mill points to a collaborative tablet/e-reader with Barnes & Noble.

Today, TechCrunch 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 astrategic relationship with Microsoft, 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 is Android-based).

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