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Microsoft is positioning Windows 8 to work not only on traditional computers but also on tablets, aiming to compete more effectively against the iPad. The Apple device has been making inroads not only among consumers but also in businesses — striking at the heart of Microsoft’s traditional profit center.

So how will PC makers leverage Windows 8 on tablets? A leaked image and specs, uncovered by Neowin, provide a early glimpse of a business tablet from HP called the “Slate 8.” According to the image, it comes with a 10.1 inch screen and offers 8-10 hours of battery life, and runs Windows 8 Professional.

See Neowin for the full list of specs and other details. It appears to be an early design, but it’s thinner than an iPad and looks like the kind of machine you’d want to pick up and try, at least.

Microsoft plans to issue a “release preview” of Windows 8 in June, but hasn’t yet given a final release date.

Via Business Insider and CNet News.

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