Microsoft has tablets on its mind

week in review Software giant to release special flavor of Windows 8 for ARM chips, meanwhile iPad 3 rumors fly fast. Also: Path's privacy problem.

Microsoft has tablet computers in mind for the next generation of its operating system.

The software giant plans to release a flavor of Windows 8 on ARM chips at the same time it releases one for the so-called x86 chips that power traditional PCs. That was an open question ever since Microsoft previewed Windows 8 in September. And it's important because the ARM version of the new operating system will be the one that powers many of the tablets that Microsoft hopes will compete with Apple's industry-leading iPads.

In a blog post, Windows President Steven Sinofsky said "our collective goal is for PC makers to ship [Windows on ARM devices] the same time" as more conventional Windows PCs debut. Sinofsky did not disclose the target launch date, though most analysts expect the new operating system to arrive before the end of this year, and possibly in time for the back-to-school sales season at the end of summer.
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