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Dell plans tablet day-and-date for Windows 8, claims demand

updated 01:00 pm EST, Thu March 8, 2012

Dell preps pro tablet for Windows 8 launch

Dell's namesake founder Michael Dell in an interview (video below) let slip that his company was planning to be one of the very first with a Windows 8 tablet. The company not only wanted to be in early but would have a tablet on sale "the exact day" Windows 8 was shipping, alluding for Bloomberg to a direct collaboration with Microsoft. The CEO was adamant that corporations wanted a tablet that could be locked down and run their legacy Windows apps.

"Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications -- we're hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive," Dell said.

Asia division lead Amit Midha added that Dell would keep making Android smartphones and tablets, but wanted to "lead the market" for Windows 8.

Microsoft has long made it evident that it believes much of its future depends on getting acceptance in the tablet space, particularly among pro users. Its once-safe corporate sales are being threatened by the iPad, which is in use among most of the Fortune 500 and is known to be cutting into use of traditional notebooks in certain cases. The devices are both typically cheaper as well as longer-lasting on battery and more portable.

Significant barriers still exist to corporate adoption. Getting legacy app support will require Intel-based tablets that are still poised to cost much more than an iPad and may suffer in battery life. Getting the true touch-native interface requires getting heavily modified or from-scratch apps; without, many apps will still be using a traditional desktop interface akin to Windows 7.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Samuel

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    He is...


  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It makes no sense for Dell to state this when the last paragraph illustrates the unresolved obstacles of using Windows apps.


  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Market, compatibility...

    Do 'all windows applications' run on Windows 8?
    Will they run reliably enough to provide a positive experience?
    Will there be a comparable (to iPad) market place?
    How many companies will be making a WinTablet and how will that affect the "experience"?
    Has Dell heard of "Onlive Desktop" and how do they know a decent Win8 emulator for iPad won't exist by then?
    Unless they have something uniquely new and compelling, I don't see a WinTablet being a big seller.


  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Michael Dell Knew What People Wanted ...

    ... he'd sell off his company and give the proceeds to his stockholders.

    (Finally it was my turn again!)

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Companies want legacy apps?

    You mean, those legacy apps that require a mouse and keyboard? Yeeeeaaaahhh, that's *exactly* what companies want. That's why those previous Windows tablets Microsoft flogged for 10 years were such resounding successes-- because the apps built for a mouse and keyboard worked wonderfully when thrown onto a device with a touchscreen.

    This guy still doesn't get it.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still Opportunity

    MS has been blowing it for years in mobile, but the market really needs to be more diverse than just Apple and Google. Win8 mobile so far looks good (finally) and offers hope - - but is so many years behind it will be a difficult uphill battle for them.

    The good news is that the market is huge and growing rapidly. That means lots of room for another good tablet OS. So far IMO Google has not put all the parts together very well (yet).

    We Apple users especially need to hope MS gains enough share to at least survive.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Did the the horse and buggy tycoons spew this same stuff when the automobile first appeared? Michael, the world is passing you and Ballmer by and neither of you realize it.

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