For the first time in 37 years, Microsoft is launching a computer device under their own brand (instead of having other folks like HP, Dell, Asus, etc do it) and according to the latest headlines, the New York Times says that’s going to happen on Monday. Yes this Monday. June the 18th. No word on specifications, price, features or even a name for Microsoft’s upcoming tablet… in fact there’s nothing but a date being mentioned at this point in time.
It’s likely that Microsoft’s upcoming competitor to the iPad and Android tablets will sport at least a Metro user interface (already seen in Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms, and said to be up and coming in the Xbox 720 too) and at least some form of gaming input and apps at launch. We’re going to speculate that Microsoft would not want to add distractions to such an epic, historical day for themselves and it’s highly unlikely that an Xbox 720 or Kinect 2 announcement is going to happen in this coming week. In fact, it’s probably not even going to happen this year at all since 2013 is already said to be Microsoft’s year of the console.