Microsoft Might Use Windows Phone 7 for Tablets
The coming launch of Windows Phone 7 on October 11 was expected to only feature smartphones, but new sources say Microsoft will announce the mobile operating system can also run on tablets.
Sources for Neowin allege that Microsoft will use the launch event to reveal its tablet plans for Windows Phone 7, in addition to showing off the expected smartphones for T-Mobile and AT&T. This isn't a far future plan either. Apparently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will announce that these Windows Phone 7 tablets will be ready for the holidays.
While Microsoft has not hinted at using Windows Phone 7 on tablets and has pushed the Windows 7 platform instead, the idea of using a smartphone interface makes sense. There is precedent for the move: Both Google's Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating systems were made for smartphones and successfully tweaked to accommodate tablets .
Microsoft clarified that it has no plans to unveil a tablet device during the event, but did not comment on whether the company would announce plans to put Windows Phone 7 on a tablet. The event takes place in New York City at 3:30 EST.