Nokia confirms Windows 8 tablet for spring, developers rejoice

Nokia has reportedly confirmed that a tablet running Windows 8 is coming.

“In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8,” Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia France, told French paper LesEchos, according to reports from Reuters and others.

It’s good, and expected, news for Nokia fans and developers. A report this week from IDC and Appcelerator (CP: Amazon Fire and Windows Phones have developers’ interest, says report) found 38% of developers who participated in a worldwide survey to be “very interested” in developing for the Windows Phone OS a new high for Microsoft.

Pushing the OS higher up developers’ priority lists, said the report, were the new Windows Phone Mango release and “potential for tablets and Windows 8 integration.”

“What’s interesting is how different parts of the world view the importance of Windows Phone and why,” said the report, “We looked at Windows Phone interest across geographies and saw differing levels of interest and rationale.”

In Europe and Asia, developers’ number one reason for interest in the OS was said to be Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia. In North America, it was the potential for a tablet with Windows 8 integration.

The news from France should please all of the above. Amsellem added that Nokia and Microsoft also have additional Lumia handsets planned. Likening the Lumia 800 to a BMW 5 Series, he suggested that a higher end, flagship device would be offered (the BMW 7 Series equivalent), as well as a lower-end, 3 Series, as it were.

Nokia for now isn’t officially offering comment on its tablet plans, though CEO Stephen Elop has been talking tablets for some time, most recently telling Bloomberg last week, “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” and that Nokia plans to “change the dynamics” of the tablet market.

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