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    DENVER and VANCOUVER – August 24, 2016 – Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data centre company, announced today that it has successfully completed and commissioned a major expansion to its VAN2 data centre located at 1050 W. Pender St in...

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    DENVER and VANCOUVER – August 24, 2016 – Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data centre company, announced today that it has successfully completed and commissioned a major expansion to its VAN2 data centre located at 1050 W. Pender St in downtown Vancouver. Customers have immediate access to up to 750kW of new, high density data centre capacity. Local Vancouver businesses have already signed to occupy 25% of the expansion space.

    “Technology is a primary driver of Vancouver’s economic growth, with the industry relying on the availability of high quality data centres and interconnection services,” explains Sean Elbe, manager of tech sector development at the Vancouver Economic Commission. “Cologix’s expansion will deliver infrastructure resiliency and enhanced access to service providers within Vancouver, increasing the city’s competitive advantages for local tech businesses.”

    A large and growing set of customers, including local businesses and international brands, validate that Cologix’s VAN2 data centre is the most advanced and resilient in the market. The expansion includes the same chimney-based hot air containment system as deployed in the first phase, which allows for power densities in excess of 10kW per cabinet. Customers also have neutral access to 40+ network service and cloud service providers to future proof their IT deployments.

    “Vancouver has been one of Cologix’s fastest growing markets,” notes Grant van Rooyen, chief executive officer, Cologix. “We are proud of the role we play to help facilitate connections within the technology ecosystem in Vancouver and look forward to continued investment in the market.”

    For more information or to request a tour, please contact


    About Cologix Inc.

    Cologix provides reliable, secure, scalable data centre and interconnection solutions from 24 prime interconnection locations across 9 strategic North American edge markets. Over 1,600 leading network, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers trust  Cologix to support their business critical infrastructure and connect them to customers, vendors and partners. Our dedicated, experienced local teams and scalable solutions enable us to provide industry-leading customer service and the ability to successfully support customers at the Internet’s new edge.

    For a tour of one of our data centres in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto or Vancouver visit or email

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     August 24, 2016
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    The second annual NEXTBC Showcase of Innovation & Awards Night will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Science World. NEXTBC 2 brings together the top companies pushing B.C.’s boundaries in technology, digital...

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    The second annual NEXTBC Showcase of Innovation & Awards Night will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Science World. NEXTBC 2 brings together the top companies pushing B.C.’s boundaries in technology, digital creativity and innovation, and allows the public to learn about the great ideas and individuals behind these businesses.


    Situated against the picturesque backdrop of downtown Vancouver and False Creek, attendees will have four hours to network, enjoy great food, travel the booths and then find out who will take home the night’s awards. At 6:00 PM the doors to Science World open, and for the next two hours people can learn firsthand about the companies up for a NEXTBC award. Then, at 8:00 PM, the awards portion of the evening starts in the Omnimax Theatre.


    NEXTBC 2 will feature more companies, greater floor space for displays and a bigger number of awards to be handed out. Last year, the first NEXTBC featured 25 companies, with the top 5 going on to be judged in front of a live audience. This year, NEXTBC is broadening the awards categories so companies from all of B.C.’s diverse innovation sectors can compete head-to-head.


    Any innovative company operating within B.C. can submit a nomination to be considered for a NEXTBC award. The five main categories are:


    • Most Innovative Start-up
    • Most Innovative Business Solution
    • Most Innovative Digital Media Company
    • Most Innovative Entertainment Company
    • Most Disruptive Innovation





    From these five categories, the top company in each respective field will be announced. Then, one representative from each of the five winners will take part in a live Q&A. Rapid fire questions will be asked by the NEXTBC judging panel, audience members and our online audience. After deliberating, the judges will reconvene to announce which of the five companies best represented their method of innovation and be awarded the top prize of Most Innovative Company of the Year.


    An Audience Choice Award will also be given to the company that receives the most audience votes that night. As well, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a B.C. company that has a substantial legacy of fostering innovation in our province.


    Tickets are now on sale for NEXTBC 2, and companies can submit their nomination form until April 21, 2015. Nomination forms can be found on the DigiBC website located at

     March 23, 2015
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    DEARBORN, Mich. -- Don't expect to converse with your car quite like David Hasselhoff and KITT did in the '80s TV classic "Knight Rider," but voice recognition is one of the...

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    DEARBORN, Mich. -- Don't expect to converse with your car quite like David Hasselhoff and KITT did in the '80s TV classic "Knight Rider," but voice recognition is one of the big looming trends in the automobile industry.

    For years already, some drivers who seek out the latest and greatest in technology have been talking to their cars when they want to listen to music, turn up the air conditioner or get directions.

    No need to look away from the road or blindly reach for a knob or button, just speak a command aloud and the car obeys

    Voice recognition and other high-tech features are expected to become far more mainstream in the months and years ahead, as automakers race to outdo each other and tap into consumer demand for an app-inspired, always-connected lifestyle on the road.

    CD players have been replaced by hard drives that can store tens of thousands of MP3s, or drivers can connect a smartphone and use its data connection to stream music via the Internet. Dedicated GPS navigation systems are being phased out in favour of multi-function digital panels that look like a smartphone or tablet homescreen, populated with a long list of apps.

    "Automakers are trying to replicate that smartphone/touchscreen experience that people are used to and like," says industry analyst and consultant Doug Newcomb.

    "Car buyers really want this, that's why automakers are doing it, technology really helps them sell cars."

    Perhaps there was no clearer sign that companies are serious about competing to develop the coolest, most advanced in-car technology than an Apple announcement in June. The tech giant revealed it's working with nine automakers to integrate its popular voice-recognition tool Siri into vehicles.

    Meanwhile, BMW and Honda are among the car manufacturers that are releasing new in-car technology in Canada this fall.

    And at the forefront of the trend has been Ford, one of the more aggressive companies in delivering in-car voice technology to the mass market with its Sync product, which has already been around for about five years.

    With Sync, drivers can press a button on the steering wheel and voice their desire to place a phone call, control the stereo, make their vehicle warmer or cooler, or get directions. Ford claims the system recognizes 10,000 different commands -- although there's no master list available to consumers so that's difficult to verify.

    "Our world is changing," Bill Ford, Ford's chairman, said at a recent press event in Dearborn, Mich.

    "We've got over four million vehicles with Sync on the road today and what's cool is we have an open platform, so developers are developing apps for Sync. And we love that, that's why we did it."

    Among those apps available for Sync in the U.S. are the audio streaming services Pandora, MOG and Slacker Radio, a program to listen to tweets posted to Twitter, and another that gives allergy sufferers an update on pollen levels in the local area.

    Critics, however, have noted that Sync's ability to understand strings of spoken words is nowhere near as robust as Siri's. Drivers must learn how to speak to the Sync system, which often doesn't respond to natural speech and instead needs to hear a sequence of spoken commands to complete a task. If your wording is a little off, you'll be prompted to try again. And don't even think of asking jokey questions like you can with Siri.

    "It's getting better but it's still not there, it's still all over the map," says Newcomb.

    "They're still in that learning phase, a growing pains phase."

    The market leader in voice technology is Nuance Communications, which powers Ford's Sync. Gary Clayton, chief creative officer for Nuance, says the technology is constantly evolving and becoming more intelligent. As of now, most voice recognition systems need to be prompted before they'll listen for user commands. But eventually, the technology will always be listening and will be able to recognize and distinguish between different voices.

    "It's coming but that's a very, very complex (problem)," Clayton explains.

    "There are so many fundamental things that have to be dealt with.... It's things like: who else is in the car, what else is being said ... all kinds of spurious things are coming in from the radio, from other people.

    "We have to continually poll the incoming audio to understand who is speaking, but with biometric verification -- it hears this voice, it knows that voice -- it (will eventually) automatically pay attention to that voice."

    Another major in-car technology player behind the scenes is Ottawa-based QNX, which is owned by Research in Motion. RIM purchased QNX in 2010 and took advantage of its software expertise to help build its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. QNX has also developed software for nuclear power plants; coal, iron, copper, and gold mines; steam and gas turbines; HVAC systems for big box stores; and sorting equipment used by the U.S. Postal Service.

    QNX's reputation for developing software with rock-solid stability has won it a number of contracts to provide technology for automakers, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota, said product marketing manager Andy Gryc.

    "Car companies generally tend to be pretty brand sensitive, nobody wants to get a 'blue screen of death' or pull over and have to reboot their car, so that's actually really helped in terms of our ability to service the market and we're continuing to build on that."

    Gryc assesses the current state of voice technology as a "mixed bag" but says the technology coming down the pipe is truly impressive -- although it may take a few years until it hits the mass market.

    "Most consumers view (today's voice technology) as kind of a gimmicky thing because it is sort of like, 'Well, do you really want to do some of those things with voice?' Clearly some things are very natural to do with voice, like navigation is one that's very, very clear that's a good use case," he says.

    The technology that's about two or three years out will really wow consumers, he says, as opposed to simply being seen as "kinda neat" today.

    "It'll certainly take a couple of years just to get through the automotive production life cycle. Even if automakers snapped their fingers and said today, 'I want to build a system that's just like Siri,' the technology exists to do it but it's just that they'd have to go through the process of building automotive-grade hardware. It's not acceptable to just take a tablet and put it into the dash."

    One of the challenges for automakers is in making sure that its technology ages well over the years and is built so it can be upgraded with software. Hardware upgrades are not practical, at least at this point, Gryc adds.

    "Swappable chips is a lot more complicated in a car environment just because of a lot of the restrictions you need to take into account for vibration -- or 'shake, rattle and roll,' as they call it -- and temperature sensitivities," he says.

    "Most of the car companies have not been looking at that as a solution."

    Ford has used software updates to add new features and address problems and complaints. Ford previously had major issues with the touchscreen side of its technology, which caused frustrating system crashes.

    "Ford kind of got penalized by being a pioneer," Newcomb says.

    "No one's really figured this out yet, it's going to take two or three years before this really shakes out."

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     August 31, 2012
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    Sensor powered by stomach acid relays information to a patch worn on the skin, which in turn sends it to a cell-phone app that gives your doctor data on...
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    Sensor powered by stomach acid relays information to a patch worn on the skin, which in turn sends it to a cell-phone app that gives your doctor data on your health and your treatment regimen.

    If you're not afraid to swallow your technology, you may want to check out new tech 
    cleared by the Food and Drug Administration this week that lets you ingest a digital sensor powered by stomach acid that alerts your doctors about your health and your treatment habits.

    The technology consists of a tiny, silicon-based sensor that, at 1mm wide (roughly the size of a grain of sand), can be consumed via pills and pharmaceuticals and pass through the body much like high-fiber food.
    According to the developer, Proteus Digital Health, once the sensor is swallowed, stomach fluids that come into contact with it provide enough power to relay a signal that documents exactly when it was taken. This data is transmitted to a battery-powered patch worn on the skin that detects the signal and records the exact time the sensor was swallowed.
    The disposable patch, which has a life span of seven days, collects several metrics, including heart rate, temperature, and body position, and relays that information to a mobile-phone app. If the patient consents, this data is shared with caregivers and clinicians to help develop patient-specific and data-driven care.

    Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and author of "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare," says in a news release that the digital health feedback system is an emerging technology that could improve not only a patient's adherence to a treatment regimen but also chronic-disease management: "The FDA validation represents a major milestone in digital medicine."

    Proteus, which anticipated FDA approval at some point in 2012, is vague on cost, stating that it depends on "the context in which the system is being used." Time will tell if insurance providers will cover the system now that it has been cleared in the U.S. (it was previously OKed by European regulators), but until then, the novel technology seems most likely to be used in clinical settings.

    Powered By You from Proteus Digital Health on Vimeo.

     August 01, 2012
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    Posted by  see more Posted by Techvibes Newsdesk on 2012-07-30 8:30:00 AM

    We're all aware that Canada regularly bleeds startups and entrepreneurs, who flock south to seek superior funding opportunities south of the border in hotspots like Silicon Valley and New York.

    But a new upsurge in funding on our side of the fence may finally be turning the tides.

    “There seems to be an announcement a week about another fund being raised,” Jennifer Evans, chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada and founder of digital strategy agency Sequentia Environics,told the Financial Post. “So it certainly looks like the landscape in this country is changing.”

    And a recent study reinforces this change, revealing that both the quantity and amount of angel investments are on the rise across the country.

    Further, after a weak year of venture capital fund-raising in 2011—where VC firms raised $1 billion, a paltry 2% increase over 2010—Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association reported in May that new capital committed to domestic funds totalled $742 million in the first quarter of this year. That's more than double the amount from the same quarter last year.

    The numerous new VC funds popping up in 2012 are cross-country and from a wide array of firms, including Omers Ventures, Rho Canada, iNovia Capital, and more.

    We'll never equal the US: with 10 times our population, there's always going to be more angels and venture capitalists in America. But tech startups generally don't need nearly as much money as they used to, so quantity is becoming less crucial. Canada still has a long way to go to break out of its conservative shell, but there's less and less reasons these days for Canadian entrepreneurs to flee south.

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    BURNABY - Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell launched the B.C. government's strategy to create and support jobs in the province's fast-growing technology sector today.

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    BURNABY - Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell launched the B.C. government's strategy to create and support jobs in the province's fast-growing technology sector today.

    "Technology is one of eight key sectors we identified in 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan', but it's doubly important in that technology supports all of the other sectors through product and service innovations that allow them to grow and create jobs," Bell said. "Technology enables growth in all sectors and growth means jobs for B.C. families."

    As jobs in the technology sector continue to grow twice as fast as any other, B.C.'s Technology Strategy predicts by 2014 there will be over 100,000 high-tech jobs supporting British Columbian families.

    In order to build on that momentum and support the sector, the strategy focuses on four key action items:

    • Accelerate technology commercialization and adoption.
    • Build on regional strengths to create new opportunities.
    • Develop talent for a knowledge-based economy.
    • Expand markets for British Columbia's technology

    The strategy builds on the competitive advantages and investments in B.C.'s main technology subsectors, which include clean technology; information and communication technologies; wireless, digital and screen-based media; and health and life sciences.

    "Building a knowledge-based society is key to the future of British Columbia - and British Columbians, " said Greg Peet, chair of Premier's Technology Council. "This strategy will strengthen and diversify the province's economy by encouraging the formation and growth of companies in B.C.'s vibrant technology sector."

    The new $7-million BC Commercialization Voucher Program will connect small and medium-sized companies from a variety of key sectors and regions throughout the province with cutting-edge researchers in B.C.'s post-secondary system. Those collaborations will help get the most innovative products to market faster.

    "The development and commercialization of technology is crucial for communities throughout this province," said Minister of State for Multiculturalism John Yap. "The sector provides innovative solutions that make B.C. competitive and bring jobs to communities both big and small."

    "To compete globally, it's more important than ever that we continue to strengthen the network of resources that support innovation, the development of highly skilled talent and the commercialization of technology products and services right here in B.C.," said Jill Leversage, board chair of the British Columbia Innovation Council. "BCIC and initiatives such as the BC Commercialization Voucher Program help technology entrepreneurs accelerate their ideas from concept to the marketplace."

    The B.C. government also plans to develop a second program, Productivity BC, to help companies increase cost efficiencies, production scalability and business sustainability.

    In addition, a new government procurement program will help businesses commercialize their ideas and get new products into the marketplace quickly and efficiently.

    Learn More:

    B.C.'s Technology Strategy:

    Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan:

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    BC Commercialization Voucher Program

    What is it?

    • The BC Commercialization Voucher program will provide vouchers in amounts of $15,000 or $50,000 to support the commercialization of technology products, services and processes.
    • This new program is targeted toward technology and knowledge-driven businesses in British Columbia in provincial priority areas identified under 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan', including Technology, Forestry, Mining, Natural Gas, Agrifoods, Tourism, Transportation and International Education.
    • The program provides companies that operate from a British Columbia base with access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at the province's post-secondary institutions.
    • Details about the program will be posted on the BC Jobs Plan website in late September.

    Who can apply?

    • Qualified B.C. enterprises with an applied research and development question can apply to work with a qualified graduate student expert that is registered in a B.C. post-secondary research institution.

    When does the program start?

    • The first program intake is expected in early October.


    Media Relations
    Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
    250 356-7104


    Key B.C. technology subsectors

    Clean technology includes power generation, energy efficiency, transportation and industrial processes. This subsector includes more than 200 young companies, generates $2.5 billion in revenue and provided 8,400 jobs in 2011, with $650 million in combined payroll. B.C. has the third-largest clean energy sector in the world, behind California and Germany, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Information and communication technologies and wireless comprises more than 6,000 companies undertaking software publishing, computer manufacturing and systems design, engineering services, and wired and wireless communications. B.C. has more than 500 wireless technology businesses alone, which generate revenues of more than $1 billion. The subsector provides 46,000 B.C. jobs.

    Digital and screen-based media companies include more than 600 firms involved in areas such as interactive design; digital entertainment and games; digital film, animation and special effects; mobile content and applications; and e-learning. The sector employs about 16,000 people and has $2.3 billion in annual sales. The global video game market alone is projected to grow to $76 billion by 2013.

    Health and life sciences companies produce medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, bio-products and process innovations. B.C.'s biopharmaceutical cluster alone comprises more than 90 companies and is the seventh largest in North America. Bioproducts are created using renewable resources and biological processes, and include biofuels, bioenergy, biomaterials, and everyday household or industrial products, with an estimated global market of $200 billion.


    Media Relations
    Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
    250 356-7104

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    In the United States alone, more than 160,000 phones are misplaced, lost or stolen everyday, costing Americans $30 billion a year.

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    In the United States alone, more than 160,000 phones are misplaced, lost or stolen everyday, costing Americans $30 billion a year.

    And the number of lost or stolen valuables is even higher than that.

    People are constantly misplacing smartphones, keys, wallets, and valuable electronics. 

    Vancouver's Linquet (pronounced Linket) is hoping to do something about it. Linquet claims to be "the easiest and most comprehensive anti-loss solution."

    Linquet users simply install a free app on their smartphone and link "linquets" to their smartphone via Bluetooth. When the phone or any linquet goes out-of-range (e.g. leaving home without your wallet) both their phone and their valuable will alarm, averting the loss.

    In rare cases where you don't hear the alarm, Linquet uploads both time and location to the cloud, giving users the power to find their valuables afterwards. And to find your in-range valuables (e.g. keys in a messy room), you can simply press a button on the phone to immediately locate your keys or you could press the button on a Linquet to find your phone.

    With Linquet you can prevent the loss of your phone and multiple valuables simultaneously. Linquet works automatically, so you don’t need to open the app or even bring out your phone. It protects your valuables constantly, even when the app is closed.

    Linquet was founded by Pooya Kazerouni and Vancouver superangel Mike Edwards is an investor. Use VIP passkey "LinkingEverything" to get early access to Linquet now.

    SOURCE: June 26, 2012

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    Microsoft Corp introduced its own line of tablet computers on Monday at a much-hyped press event in Los Angeles, marking a major strategic shift for the...

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    Microsoft Corp introduced its own line of tablet computers on Monday at a much-hyped press event in Los Angeles, marking a major strategic shift for the software giant as it struggles to compete with Apple Inc and re-invent its aging Windows franchise.

    The new tablet line, named Surface, includes a consumer device aimed directly at the Apple iPad, and another, larger machine designed to compete with lightweight laptops. Both include a keyboard that doubles as a cover, and both will be powered by versions of the new Windows 8 operating system.

    The move breaks with Microsoft's operating model of the past 37 years, which has relied on computer manufacturers to make and market machines running Windows. It could throw the world's largest software company into direct competition with its closest hardware partners such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Hewlett-Packard Co.

    However, the success of Apple in recent years has underscored the benefits of an integrated approach to hardware and software, and Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday that the company "didn't want to leave anything uncovered" as it rolled out Windows 8.

    The new software is the biggest overhaul of Windows in years, and features a new touch-friendly interface dubbed "Metro". It is scheduled to be available for the Christmas shopping season.

    The lighter, thinner version of the Surface tablet, built on an Nvidia Corp chip designed by ARM Holdings, will be the first to market at the same time as the general release of Windows 8, and will feature Microsoft's popular Office suite of applications.

    It is comparable to Apple's new iPad, heavier but slightly thinner. It has a 10.6 inch screen and comes in 32GB and 64GB memory sizes.

    A second, heavier tablet aimed at the new generation of lightweight laptops called "ultrabooks", running on traditional Intel Corp chips, will come in 64GB and 128GB models. That will be available about three months after the ARM version, Microsoft said.

    The company gave no details on pricing, except that they would be competitive with comparable ARM tablets and Intel-powered Ultrabooks. They will be on sale online and in Microsoft's new brick-and-mortar stores in the United States.

    Microsoft shares rose 0.8 percent in after-hours trading, making up for a 0.6 percent drop to $29.84 in the regular Nasdaq session.

    Industry watchers were generally impressed by the devices' specifications, but doubted they were a sure-fire hit.

    "I don't see this as an iPad killer, but it has a lot of potential," said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester. "This raises more questions than answers. The story that Microsoft told today was incomplete. They focused on the hardware innovation but didn't talk about the services, the unique Microsoft assets that could make this product amazing."

    Contrary to expectations, Microsoft made no mention of integrating content and features from its top-selling Xbox game console, the Skype video calling service it bought last year, or Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader, its new partner in the electronic books market.

    Following Apple

    Sales of tablets are expected to triple in the next two years, topping 180 million a year in 2013, easily outpacing growth in traditional PCs. Apple has sold 67 million iPads in two years since launch.

    Apple, which makes both hardware and software for greater control over the performance of the final product, has revolutionized mobile markets with its smooth, seamless phones and tablets. Rival Google Inc may experiment with a similar approach after buying phone maker Motorola Mobility this year.

    Making its own hardware for such an important product is a departure for Microsoft, which based its success on licensing its software to other manufacturers, stressing the importance of "partners" and the Windows "ecosystem."

    "The question is why is Microsoft doing it?," said Michael Silver, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner. "Lack of faith in the OEMs (computer makers)? There's definite risk here as Microsoft increasingly competes with its customers."

    Microsoft stressed that "OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT," meaning that it would not hold back any features from other hardware makers' Windows tablets.

    When it has ventured into hardware, the Redmond, Washington-based company has had a mixed record.

    Apart from keyboards and mice, the Xbox game console was its first foray into major manufacturing. That is now a successful business, but only after billions of dollars of investment and overcoming problems with high rates of faulty units - a problem which was nicknamed the "red ring of death" by gamers.

    The company's Microsoft-branded Zune music player, a late rival to Apple's iPod, was not a success and its unpopular Kin phone was taken off the market shortly after introduction.

    The company killed off a two-screen, slate-style prototype of a tablet device called Courier later that year, saying the technology might emerge in another form later on.