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First Windows 8 tablet makers tipped, next wave early 2013?

updated 11:15 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2012

Windows 8 tablet rollout given rough outline

Microsoft's Windows 8 ARM tablet rollout has had a rough schedule possibly outlined in a rumor late Tuesday. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo were said by Digitimes' part supplier contacts to be the ones hand-picked for the October release. The Nokia tablet might follow a month later, in November.

A next wave of ARM-based slates would come quickly in this view. Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo would return for an early 2013 introduction, while Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba would contribute Windows 8 tablets for the first time.

The initiative would show Microsoft hoping to enlist all its core supporters, not just a handful of companies, for its tablet ecosystem. Concerns have existed that Microsoft would limit those allowed to use ARM to just a few preferred companies. While unverified, it would if true create tablet support closer to the traditional PC model instead of Microsoft effectively deciding which companies can succeed.

It would still leave something of of a schism between ARM and Intel in Windows 8. The ARM models, intended to compete with the iPad that has been cutting into Windows' business, won't have access to third-party apps outside of the Windows Store and will have extremely limited desktop support. Intel systems will be more expensive and likely have worse battery life, but they will have a looser model for apps and let anyone build a Windows 8 tablet.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +1

    t o o m u c h , t o o l a t e

    Even if MSFT spend 50% of its total asset and send all of the designers to type 101 and color theory 101.

    Furgetttaboutit.

  1. SierraDragon

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2004

    +1

    Competition needed

    Yes way too late but we really need competition so I hope MS survives. But it does not look good.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    -1

    No way

    Nobody is buying Windows 7 phones. Do they expect that to change just by making the screen bigger? Windows 8 sucks...that's the bottom line.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    0

    Win tablet 8 by 2013?

    Wow. That would be iPad 1.0 priced at $800 by SONY who persists their stuffs are Hi-End.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    So?

    It would still leave something of of a schism between ARM and Intel in Windows 8. The ARM models, intended to compete with the iPad that has been cutting into Windows' business, won't have access to third-party apps outside of the Windows Store and will have extremely limited desktop support.

    You mean, exactly how the iPad works now? How is this a Windows 'problem' but an iPad 'feature'?

  1. lvavila

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2011

    0

    2013?

    I'll be on iPad7 by then. No hurry on that Apple killer! Microsoft new motto: Why kill today when you can kill tomorrow?

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