Microsoft is planning to unveil its new Windows operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, according to sources in the US.
Windows 8 will run on tablet devices as well as traditional PCs, and will mark the first time that Windows runs on processors designed by UK-based chip manufacturer ARM Holdings, according to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to showcase the operating system on a tablet at CES, a source told The New York Times.
While it remains unclear when Windows 8 will come to market, the reports suggest that Microsoft and ARM may form a partnership, as Microsoft attempts to make up for lost time in a market dominated by rival Apple's iPad device.
ARM's chip architecture competes with Intel's x86 designs.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that more than 1.5 million mobile phones carrying Windows Phone 7 have sold in the first six weeks of launch. The company added that this meets "realistic" expectations.