First Microsoft Windows 8 Tablets to Emerge in November - Report

Tablets with Windows 8 Expected to Emerge Before Holidays

by Anton Shilov
05/15/2012 | 05:30 PM

Despite of negative expectations, the first tablets based on Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will emerge this calendar year. The devices are now projected to emerge in November, ahead of the holiday season. Unfortunately, there will be huge fragmentation on the market of Windows 8-powered slates as they will run completely different hardware.


The grand plan for device makers today is to release tablets, convertibles and hybrids featuring Windows 8 operating system in November, 2012, reports Cnet News web-site. Those devices will utilize x86-based Intel Atom "Clovertrail" or AMD Fusion "Hondo" as well as ARM-powered Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Nvidia Tegra 3 and TI OMAP system-on-chips. It is also expected that some business tablets

"The schedule is tight. Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures - three ARM, Intel, and AMD," said a source close to device makers.

The tablets featuring Windows 8 operating system will not only feature completely different hardware, but will have very different capabilities. Those, which will use Windows 8 RT will not run older software, but will have integrated office capabilities. Media tablets that will utilize Windows 8 will run older programs, but will not feature built-in office software.

Pricing of different Windows 8-powered tablets will also likely to be very different due to the price of hardware.

Microsoft and its hardware partners did not comment on the news-story.