Windows Blue, like its predecessor, may very well strive to be all things to all people -- and perhaps more so. Microsoft's Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, boasts that Blue "will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance."
Well, a "broad array of form factors" sure sounds like a nod to the rumored 7- or 8-inch Windows tablets that are expected soon. And a new generation of hybrid Windows 8 slates and other devices are starting to appear.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently said his company's new line of Atom mobile processors could power Windows 8 tablets priced as low as $200, an entry-level market that Microsoft needs to enter for its mobile strategy to succeed.