Windows 8 Tablet Makers Rollout Rough Schedule Leaked

Posted by at 10:28 am on March 21, 2012

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 enlisting all its core supporters 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.

It would still leave something of of a schism between ARM and Intel in Windows 8. The ARM models won’t have access to third-party apps outside of the Windows Store and will have extremely limited desktop support. Intel systems will likely have worse battery life, but they will have a looser model for apps and let anyone build a Windows 8 tablet.

 

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