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Dell, HP Windows 8 tablets reportedly aimed for summer 2012

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon October 17, 2011

Dell and HP clue into Windows 8 release plans

PC builders involving Dell and HP are focusing their energies on Windows 8 tablets for next summer, early rumors claimed Monday. While shy on what those models would involve, Digitimes understood that at least Dell was trying to shift its attention to pro tablets and away from the home. They wanted to get out from under "fierce competition" in the Android space, where the Amazon Kindle Fire has triggered a race to the bottom in a crowded field, according to the tips.

None of the details are confirmed, although they line up with a purported Microsoft plan that has so far lined up with what has taken place. Under that strategy, Microsoft would finish Windows 8 in April after a shortened release schedule that includes just one developer beta and one public release candidate. Most Windows releases take about two months to get from completion to shipping products and would see the earliest availability in June.

Both Dell and HP would have incentives to move to Windows 8 tablets. Its Android-based Streak tablets have never had more than a small portion of the market and have usually competed more on price owing to their low-end features. HP, meanwhile, has exited mobile OS hardware and may see Windows 8 as a way back into home-focused tablets without developing its own OS.

Both have been some of the most loyal to Microsoft's vision of tablets, being some of the most early participants in the Tablet PC push nearly a decade ago. Until Windows 8, however, that has usually meant convertible notebooks relegated to niche audiences. Windows 8 is Microsoft's first desktop OS genuinely optimized for touch and will also support much more power efficient ARM processors that should give them battery life more comparable to the more successful iPad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cronyism may not work this time

    For decades, Windows has been forced-fed by the IT department.

    This is the 21st century. It's not going to work the same way this time.

    Use a Windows notebook instead.

  1. facebook_David

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011


    Summer 2012!

    In probable release terms, that's a whole year away. By then Apple will have released the iPad 3--and have sold 10-20 million of them--and possibly a rumored iPad Lite.

    Do these people ever really expect to catch up?

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    fat chance

    they are taking. By then, iPad 3 is 100% enterprise capable plus quad-core CPU. Dell tablets end up delay even further due hardware and software compatibility glitches.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Ads: Trust Me

    "Windows 8 is Microsoft's first desktop OS genuinely optimized for touch"

    It's not the first time I heard this one from Microsoft. WindowsCE, XP, Vista and Windows 7 was push on tablet by Microsoft for many years, and each time Microsoft give us the same bullshit about touch interface on Windows. Microsoft can redo their desktop interface as many time they want, but it will never fixed the real issue which is already existing apps cannot be adapt to touch interface without redesign and obliterate any value of Windows on tablet. One way or another, on a tablet you need apps design from the ground up for touch interface to be usable, Apple by forking OSX into a separated OS assure that any Apps for the iPhone or iPad are design to work without a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft play the confusion game with they're attitude of windows everywhere.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go HP!!

    I missed the first selloff of HP's tablet. I look forward for another opportunity to get a $99 HP tablet, although I'd rather have an android tablet to take apart than a windows tablet.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who buys Dell?

    After gaining a reputation for crapware it will be very hard for Dell to avoid the race to the bottom that Amazon (plus Apple if Apple chooses to play with an iPad Lite) cannot lose. I do not see buyers going to Dell for the higher end in any real volume.

    As to Win 8, the IT crowd seems to be buying Win 7 now that XP support will be ending. Win 8 seems headed to poor sales on the desktop. Probably it will do better in mobile, we will see. Win mobile left a lot of negative goodwill that will be a factor.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And... they're off!

    Off the edge of the cliff, that is. The same race-to-the-bottom that happened int the netbook market may have already been won by Amazon in the Android pad space. They've pretty much covered the low-to-mid range. For now.

    And what about the mid-to-high range? Apple took that away from Microsoft overnight. Apple owns it. And with Apple's hardware engineering, relentless iOS development, iCloud ease-of-use, and 10 years of infrastructure development, iPad has no weaknesses. Competitors can kiss the mid-to-high range goodbye.

    So what does that leave? Where can a wannabe find a toehold in the iPad and iPad clone market?

    Nowhere. Done. See ya later.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Everything's Going to Look Like Windows 8

    ... then pretty soon nothing is going to look like Windows 8 (... er ... Windows Phlop 7)

    But in the interim I might buy one for a two year-old to help them learn basic eye/hand coordination. Fisher-Price ought to sue.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So exciting

    This is like the rumor everyone is waiting for. Its gonna rock the tech world. DELL, HP, MS, HTC, Samsung are all going guns blazing and full throttle to brig out all the stops to their killer products. The wait is over, as all the secret covert work being done by these tech giants are about to come to light. Goodbye Apple, it was a nice run.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So when Apple delays entry into a market, it's seen as wanting to make sure they get in when they're ready, and they won't be rushed. These guys are talking 2012, and now it's "Well, by then they're going to be lost!"

    And if they said they'd be releasing by the end of November, we'd hear how they're rushing out their product and it's doomed.

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