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Nokia's Stephen Elop and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. (Credit: Microsoft)
Nokia’s Stephen Elop and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer. (Credit: Microsoft)

A new report from The Verge this morning puts more weight behind the rumors that Nokia will be coming out with its own Windows RT tablet, code-named Sirius — further expanding its Microsoft partnership with a 10.1-inch device reminiscent of Nokia’s flagship Lumia line of Windows Phones.

Microsoft can certainly use the help. Sales of the company’s own Surface RT tablet have fallen well short of expectations, and Microsoft has had a tough time convincing other hardware makers to get on board with the ARM-based version of the Windows 8 operating system.

One big question is whether Nokia might also boost the Windows RT (and Windows 8) app ecosystem by developing a line of signature apps for its tablet, and potentially those from other hardware makers. Microsoft could use plenty of help in that area, as well.

Tom Warren reports for the Verge that the new Nokia tablet is slated to be revealed at a press event slated for Sept. 26.

The report comes amid widespread speculation about Microsoft’s future CEO, with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in the mix as one of many potential successors to Steve Ballmer.

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