Microsoft, Barnes & Noble: Windows 8 Nook App Soon To Come

Windows 8 Nook App is on the way.

Back in April, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble put a litigation dispute aside and teamed up to form a Barnes & Noble subsidiary, NOOK Media LLC, with $300 million invested by Microsoft. The deal gave Microsoft a 17.6% equity in the company, with Barnes & Noble retaining 82.4%. 

At the time, the strategic partnership was formed with the goal of enhancing Barnes & Noble's digital and college businesses, with the inclusion of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 platform. There has remained a possibility that the newly formed NOOK Media entity could at some point become a stand-alone company, however there is no forecast or timeline for this to occur. 

Today, the two companies released statements on the future of NOOK Media and referred to a Windows 8 app for the Nook, Businesswire reports. The new app is likely to surface after Microsoft and Barnes & Noble each market their newest products, Windows 8 and the Nook HD, this fall. 

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“NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices via their upcoming Windows 8 app,” said Andy Lees, President at Microsoft.

For its part, Barnes & Noble now takes aim at Amazon by promoting the Nook HD and revamping its digital ecosystem with Windows 8. 

It's possible Barnes & Noble has a key advantage in particular over Amazon in the future of digital texts, via its many partnerships with educational institutions. Amazon may have the current edge with its overall digital ecosystem, but the formation of NOOK Media could also help define a path for Barnes & Noble while giving Microsoft's new OS another venue for growth.