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image Microsoft brushed up its ancient Reader software a tad with slightly tweaked Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 versions.

So might a tablet be next, with e-books as a major app? A Microsoft product manager announcement has sparked some tantalizing speculation about a tab (Techmeme roundup here).

E-book-friendly device on the way? If so, it would be in line with an old vision of Bill Gates, who couldn’t pull it off because the publishing industry and the tech weren’t ready. But maybe life will be different now that E has gained more traction and an Apple tab is expected at some point.

Fascinating possibility: What if Microsoft did something with PixelQi, whose displays have both color and low-power e-book modes? Just as with the e-book angle, this is pure guessing. But it would probably be a very logical move on Micosoft’s part.

 
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