Nokia's Windows Tablet To Take On Apple's i Pad and Windows 8 Software Will Go To Market-
Nokia is to launch a tablet computer next year, making its first foray into a market which is dominated by Apple and has seen rival entrants lose millions.
The tablet will go to market in June and will run on Microsoft's yet to be released Windows 8 software, the director general of Nokia France let slip in an interview on Wednesday.
Previously, Nokia has said only that it is considering whether to launch a tablet. Paul Amsellem told French business publication Les Echos: "In June 2012, we will have a tablet running on Windows 8."
Microsoft has not confirmed when the next version of its Windows software is due for release, although it is expected in 2012. Windows 7 went on sale in 2009 and the company has promised to update the platform every three years.
The Nokia chief executive spoke positively about Windows 8 at the Lumia launch last month, saying:
"The user experience of Windows 8 is essentially a supercharged version of the Nokia Lumia experience that you saw on stage today.
Nokia hitched its fortunes to Windows after being left trailing in the smartphone race by Apple and manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung that use Google's Android operating system.
Microsoft is bent on making Windows Phone the third standard operating system for smartphones, alongside Android and Apple's iOS, and has reportedly paid Nokia more than $1bn to commit to using Windows Phone for its new range of smartphones, including the Lumia 800, which went on sale in Europe on Wednesday.
Nokia is the latest in a growing line of consumer electronics manufacturers eager to produce a tablet following the buzz Apple created.
Nokia's suit takes aim at Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac lineup, and accuses the Cupertino, Calif., device maker of violating patents with "key features" in those products. Claimed to be infringing are features related to multi-tasking, data synchronization, positioning, call quality, and the use of Bluetooth accessories.