Windows 8, which recently had a preview version released, is designed for both desktop and tablets, with mouse/keyboard and touch functionality (although the quality of the former is arguable in the preview version’s current state).
And it seems, according to DigiTimes, that we’re going to see the arrival of Windows 8 slates this October, and a fair few of them.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek are all developing a slate bearing Microsoft’s upcoming OS, according to suppliers in the far east.
Those will be the Intel-driven devices, with Arm tablets emerging in early 2013, apparently from Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek. Nokia, however, may just slip in with its Arm-powered Windows 8 slate before the close of 2012.
So consumers certainly won’t be short of options when it comes to the OS, and doubtless there are more to be revealed.
Dell has already been talking up its Windows 8 tablet effort this week, and how it expects to snare the business side of the market, noting that many executives will be fed up with their clunky office computers when they’re used to an iPad at home.
But an iPad at work can’t offer them the same level of security, or Microsoft Office, as Windows 8 slates will. Windows 8 could well prove more of a shake-up for the tablet market than Android, eventually.