If true, the company will offer the tablet in stores like Best Buy and Staples, making it much more accessible for the average consumer or for those who want to be able to see and test the device before purchasing.
Microsoft currently sells the device through 32 brick-and-mortar stores, mainly on the West Coast, and online.
"This was always going to happen in very early 2013, but the software giant has apparently decided to ramp up the speed and make it happen before the holiday selling season is over," says Paul Thurrott, who is known to be accurate.
The tablet, which sells for $500 (base model), received mixed reviews at launch. Our own review loved the hardware, but was not impressed by the lack of legacy app support.
An updated model, running on Intel and with legacy app support, is set for release in January with a much higher price tag.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 8 Dec 2012 15:50