Microsoft to Talk Windows RT Tablets at Special Event

Microsoft has sent out some last-minute invitations to a press event being held on 18 June, where it will be making a “major announcement” regarding tablets.

It’s scheduled to held in Los Angeles, and although it hasn’t specifically mentioned the theme, AllThingsD says the event will be used as a launchpad for Windows RT and ARM-based tablets.

We can expect to see demonstrations of both the hardware and software, and hear specifics on certain programs that will be made available when it’s released. Most tablets and smartphones are based on ARM architecture, but Windows has been exclusively available on Intel’s platform.

Windows RT is a special version of Windows 8 adapted for use on ARM, enabling Microsoft to back low-cost tablets suited to the consumer, rather than the more business-focused efforts on the Intel platform.

At the Computex show recently, Asus showed the Tablet 600, a 10.1-inch tablet with a Tegra 3 processor and Windows RT, and Acer confirmed it would be offering a similar device early next year.

Windows 8 and RT haven’t been given a release date, but both have been released as limited “test” versions, and it’s expected the software will go on sale around October.

This isn’t the only Microsoft event next week, as the company is holding the Windows Phone Summit on 20 June in San Francisco, where it will talk about Windows Phone 8, the next version of its smartphone operating system.

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