Nokia Windows 8 tablet is a priority for Nokia design boss

The Nokia Windows 8 tablet is very real, and it's taking up a lot of time in the design department of the Finnish phone-flingers.

The Nokia Windows 8 tablet is very real, and it's taking up a lot of time in the design department of the Finnish phone-flingers.

Nokia top dog of design Marko Ahtisaari has told a Finnish magazine that work on the tablet takes up a third of his time.

The Nokia tablet is rumoured to be a dual-core 10-inch slate to rival Apple's new iPad and its 10-inch competitors. It's powered by Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, the next generation of Windows for both computers and tablets.

A French Nokia boss dropped the first official hints about a Windows-powered tablet late last year , although the launch date was then expected to be in July. Word on the street now suggests a winter launch, which would make sense, as that's when Windows 8 hits shops.

Windows is the most-used operating system for computers across the world, and version number 8 echoes the design cues of Windows Phone, the style known as Metro.

Windows 8 uses the colourful square live tiles that make Windows Phone such fun to use, which will be handy on the bigger screen of a tablet. Windows 8 will share apps with Windows Phone, which means your apps work across your computer, laptop, tablet and phone and could give Windows Phone a massive boost.

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