From the Tech world:
Sounds like a Metro Nook might be incoming:
3. Microsoft execs have been playing up in recent public appearances the pending availability of some kind of a dedicated Metro-based e-reader. This has seemed odd to a number of us Microsoft watchers, given the official Microsoft stance that Windows 8 tablets running a Kindle and/or Nook application would be just as good an e-reader as a dedicated device. Now, given today’s NewCo announcement, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Windows 8-based Nook reader.
(Here’s some background on this, according to one source: One of my contacts had told me a while back that Microsoft was working on an e-reader with B&N. The plan supposedly was that Microsoft would build the e-reader and B&N, the bookstore. Supposedly, my contact said, B&N dropped out, and shortly thereafter, Microsoft was working on the Courier, which could double as both a notetaking and reading device.)
Microsoft and B&N are holding a press conference this morning (8:30 am ET) and I’ll update this story with more if and when there’s more to say….
Given B&N's lack of success getting the Nook app store populated, switching to Win8Arm is not out of the question.
Other possibilities for a MetroNook: Zune music and video support to counter Amazon's media stores (Zune has music *subscriptions*), XBOX Live links and Arcade Games...
Hmm, the more I think of it, the more sense the tie-up makes.
Especially with the College Bookstores to showcase the MetroNook.