Microsoft has something big planned for tomorrow, but it won’t say what. All signs point to a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet. TechCrunch now claims it will be co-branded as a Nook device and feature some of the Xbox’s streaming feature.
What this entails exactly is uncertain, but presumably, the rumoured tablet would be able to stream video content from the likes of ESPN and HBO. The Nook branding would makes sense, considering Barnes & Noble’s plan to spin off the unit and Microsoft’s decision to sink $US300 million into the product line. But the use of the Xbox name seems a bit tenuous here, considering nearly all of the streaming services the living room console features are available on other platforms (Xbox Music notwithstanding). But whatever, if true, its nice to know the device wouldn’t be hurting for entertainment options. [TechCrunch]