Microsoft's announcement definitely has nothing to do with Barnes & Noble
18th Jun 2012 | 18:09
Rumors claimed that Microsoft would announce a new Barnes&Noble tablet
Microsoft's scheduled announcement this afternoon has caused quite a bit of buzz, and everyone with a keyboard and half a brain seems to have some idea of what the company's got in store.
One of the most popular rumors claims that Microsoft will announce a new Barnes & Noble tablet.
That rumor has now been shot down by Barnes & Noble representatives.
Financial site Benzinga was the first to receive a response from the bookseller, tweeting "BKS Spokesperson Confirms they are Not Part of Today's $MSFT Tablet Announcement."
The Verge followed up and received a similar response, a Barnes & Noble spokesperson reportedly telling them "we are not part of their announcement."
Microsoft was rumored to be preparing the Barnes & Noble tablet to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire and a rumored 7-inch Google Nexus tablet.
It was said that it would relate to an April announcement of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble known as "Newco," which was designed to "accelerate e-reading innovation" on Windows devices.
So what's today's announcement all about?
Even ruling out Barnes & Noble's involvement in today's Microsoft announcement, there are still plenty of possibilities.
Many agree that, with or without Barnes & Noble's involvement, Microsoft will announce a new Windows tablet today.
And the new Microsoft tablet could feature Xbox Live streaming or other gaming functionality.
A new Xbox announcement outside of major gaming trade shows like E3 would be considered unusual, but Microsoft could ensure the Xbox 720 makes a splash with a standalone announcement.
Check back this afternoon for TechRadar's coverage of Microsoft's announcement.
Via The Verge