Rumor: Microsoft to launch low cost Tablet PC

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According to ActiveWin, Armin Cremerius-Gunther, Windows division head for Microsoft Germany, announced Tuesday that Microsoft intends to launch its own Tablet PC.  The article also states that Microsoft's intention is to sell the Tablet PC for less than 1200 euros.  Microsoft realizes that the high costs of current Tablet PCs... [via]{style="font-style:italic"} [jkOnTheRun] :::

I don’t believe it. The consequences of Microsoft getting into the system hardware space would be so seismic that I just can’t believe they’d do it. Now, a Microsoft digital pen a la the Io, I’d believe in a second. I’d even believe Microsoft subsidizing a digitizer manufacturer or the Tablet OEMs for price control. But a complete system? I just can’t imagine them crossing the Rubicon.