Will Barnes & Noble’s nook with Windows 8 release next month?
Earlier this year, Microsoft has acquired a 17.6 percent equity stake in Barnes & Noble with a whopping investment of $300. This partnership is expected to bolster Microsoft’s position in the battleground where it is competing against tech behemoths like Apple Inc., Google Inc., and Amazon Inc. With Windows 8 slated to release in next month, will Microsoft and Barnes & Noble be planning on a nook tablet to be based on Windows 8 operating system?
A Windows 8-based nook tablet is likely, but there is no confirmed news as of yet. However, Barnes & Noble CEO, William Lynch revealed to ABC News that a Windows 8 app will release within two weeks. According to Lynch,
“The most visible and first thing they [consumers] are going to see is a best in class reading application on Windows 8. Some of the things we are doing with our reading technology — the rendering of books, catalogs, magazines — we are going to bring that to Windows 8 form factors and the operating systems.”
The app will run on all Windows 8-based tablets and computers including Microsoft’s own Surface tablet which will release on October 26. What the partnership will bring after the app? Lynch responded that
“We are talking to them about a lot things. I talk to Steve [Ballmer] from time to time about things we might want to do together. We are the leaders in reading technology and rendering. We obviously have this huge corpus of content. So we are talking about how we can take the great Windows 8 experience and add value to it.”