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Asus to release Windows 8 tablet next year

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 01 Nov 2011 12:35 User comments (2)

Asus to release Windows 8 tablet next year In a slide presented during their Q3 earnings call, Asus disclosed plans to release a tablet running Windows 8 in Q3 of next year.
Windows 8 features a completely new UI called Metro which is intended to make it more tablet friendly. Windows 8 also adds support for ARM processors, an important step for supporting current tablet hardware.

The good news for Microsoft, at least for the moment, is the number 2 tablet OS, Android, has yet to make a significant mark. Of course that could change by the time Windows 8 launches next year.

Putting Windows on a tablet does, in theory, have some advantages over either iOS or Android. Where iOS and Android are essentially phone operating systems upscaled for tablet use, Windows 8 on a tablet will be similar in many ways to a desktop experience.

At the same time, consumers could be turned off by a lack of compatibility with existing applications due to processor and interface limitations on tablets.

From Microsoft's point of view, Asus might be the best possible partner for such a product thanks to their preference for selling tablets with keyboard and trackpad equipped docking stations. Arguably that's the best way to show of Windows 8's capabilities.

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2 user comments

11.11.2011 16:32

Wow! Someone's going to release a Windows 8 device when Windows 8 is complete??? Shocking! ;-)

Microsoft isn't paying them tons of money to do so like they are w/ WP7, are they?

22.11.2011 11:42

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Wow! Someone's going to release a Windows 8 device when Windows 8 is complete??? Shocking! ;-)

Microsoft isn't paying them tons of money to do so like they are w/ WP7, are they?
Nah, they just want to produce and produce them all. Give the customers an array of choices.

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