Nook Tablet Keeping Android, Unlikely to Run Windows 8: BandN CEO
Despite a major partnership between Nook creator Barnes & Noble and Microsoft, the e-reader will keep the Android OS.Bookseller Barnes & Nobles Nook e-reader and tablet continue to find footing in the increasingly crowded market and the company announced a major deal with Microsoft. Yet comments from B&N CEO William Lynch suggest the company will be sticking with the open-source technology powered by Google Android that is used on the Nook, rather than running a version of Microsoft Windows. In an interview with Fortune magazine, Lynch said that the Nook would remain an open-source device, despite Microsoft bringing B&N on board as an application for Windows 8 smartphones and computers. Currently, weve not communicated anything related to the road map about any hardware collaboration on Nook. Nook, as you know, uses open sourcing. Microsoft is obviously very entrenched in Windows, he said. On the reading software side, in reading technologies, theyre making interesting integrations into Windows, potentially Office. That kind of work has already started. Definitively yes.
Microsoft and Barnes & Noble are partners in a new subsidiary, referred to only as Newco, which will bring together B&N's digital and college businesses. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Newco at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion in exchange for an approximately 17.6 percent equity stake. Barnes &Noble will own approximately 82.4 percent of the new subsidiary, which will have an ongoing relationship with the companys retail stores.