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Dell's Windows 7 tablet pushed to fall, Windows 8 next year

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Mon April 4, 2011

Dell Windows 7 tablet not due before Spetember

Dell's hinted at 10-inch Windows 7 tablet may not ship until late in the year at best. An insider said Monday that it wouldn't arrive until the fall, or September at best. The reasons weren't mentioned to Forbes, but Dell's decision to relegate it to enterprise meant it had little expectation of competing with the iPad or most other tablets.

The company is also believed to be readying a Windows 8 tablet. Contrary to the publication's expectations, however, it's unlikely to ship before late 2012. The OS is still working towards its third developer milestone and likely won't be in an early beta until late this year, ruling out a polished release for early 2012.

Microsoft has been trying to push Windows 7 as a counter to the iPad but has faced little traction either from the public or from device builders, many of whom see Android 3.0 as the more attractive option. Its lack of true touch optimization, short battery life on current hardware, and high prices have led to PC builders deliberately marginalizing their Windows tablets. HP, once touting the Slate 500 as a rival to the iPad, ended up switching it to an enterprise-first device and completely downplaying while heavily favoring the upcoming, webOS-based TouchPad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think this could be considered a "delay"

    as opposed to the iPhone 5's rumored "delay". Apple has never said when the iPhone 5 is going to be announced. I have to say that a Windows 8 tablet due out in late 2012 might not be a delay, but it sure does seem rather late and it doesn't seem like it would be a guaranteed success unless there's some breakthrough in hardware. I'd be willing to bet that Apple could get OSX running decently on some tablet hardware before Microsoft gets Windows 8 out the door.

    Still, wouldn't all current Windows programs have to be rewritten for touch? It would seem to be a monumental task from my view with my limited knowledge of programming. I thought I had heard that it would be difficult and time-consuming task. I'm certainly glad that Microsoft is taking its time and allowing Apple to take such a huge lead in the tablet market.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not impossible

    Though no one seems to be really competing with the iPad, if SOMEONE took their time and did a really great job on some really great hardware (besides Apple), and put all those "features, features, features" things in for the enterprise world and had APPS to go along with it say for hospitals, banks, etc. instead of letting others start from scratch, they could do well even if the tablets cost more. But the PC world seems to be mostly about beating Apple, specs, and not doing anything to differentiate themselves... and it doesn't look like they are succeeding.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This PC Monitor I'm on is a bit fuzzy ...

    ... does that say "pushed to fall" or "pushed to fail"?

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Usual MS Cycle

    Ah yes, 'tis the season for Microsoft to promise a galaxy of features for some mythical future product only to eviscerate the thing over time, delivering the originally announced product in name only.

    Promise the universe, deliver an asteroid.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They've GOT to ship eventually... right?

    Well, MS touted a whole bunch of awesome new Windows tablets that were soon to be released just weeks before the iPad was announced, and as of the iPad 2 not a single one I'm aware of has actually shipped (or if it did it was so completely ignored that I didn't even notice). Based on that timeline, some of those new tablets have got to hit the market eventually, no matter how far behind they are in development, so who knows, maybe MS will actually have something real to point to before Christmas this year.

    Then again, with that track record, who knows--maybe Dell will swap Windows 7 for Android or put the whole thing on hold until 2012.

    Either way, ouch.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Press Invite

    They should have done a Samsung Press Show and tell. You know show a mock up and just blah blah blah blah blah.... Seems to work for Android fans. lol

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