Microsoft isn’t expected to release Windows 8 until later this year or early next year. But Bloomberg reports that the company will show off an early version of the OS running on a tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra processor at the All Things D conference next week.
The next version of Windows will add support for low power ARM-based processors such as the Tegra chipset, which could help Microsoft compete with Apple, Google, RIM, HP, and other mobile operating system developers in the consumer tablet space.
We’ve already seen a few indications that Windows 8 would be more touch-friendly, including a settings panel that looks like it takes a few design cues from the Windows Phone 7 user interface and a web browser which uses “tiles” instead of tabs to show you other pages that are open. But those hints have both come from leaked copies of the operating system. Microsoft hasn’t released any official photos or details about how Windows 8 will work on tablets.