Four consumer electronics firms have committed to building devices based on Microsoft's new Mira specification.
Bill Gates announced at the WinHEC conference in Seattle that the products should be available for Christmas.
Mira is a group of technologies that enables a user to add a detachable touch-screen display to a desktop PC. As well as acting as a monitor, the display can also be carried around as a standalone unit, using a wireless connection to access software on the host PC.
This makes features such as the internet or PC games available from anywhere in the home, for example. Microsoft expects the device to appeal to consumers.
Fujitsu, NEC, Toshiba and Wistron are the new hardware partners. Microsoft has 15 partners in total for the Mira initiative.
Mira is one of a number of new reference designs that Microsoft has announced within the last year. Tablet PCs and smartphones are amongst its other initiatives.
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