Windows 8 tablets ready by early 2012?
By Barry Collins
Posted on 17 Feb 2011 at 07:38
Dell is planning to release a Windows 8 tablet in the first quarter of 2012, according to a leaked roadmap.
The Android Central website has obtained the timeline, which lists Windows 8 as the operating system for a device codenamed "Peju", which is pencilled in for a January 2012 launch - possibly at next year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
It's the first time anyone's put a firm launch date on Windows 8.
Microsoft revealed that the next version of Windows would also run on ARM processors at last month's CES, but refused to discuss any launch timetables - or even that the operating system would be called Windows 8.
One theory is that Microsoft will launch an interim Windows release designed exclusively for touch-based tablet devices, ahead of a full upgrade of the desktop operating system.
Dell is planning to release the Windows tablets alongside devices built on the Honeycomb flavour of Android, the first version of the Google OS designed specifically for tablets.
Dell Silver Oak
One of the products for early 2012 is an Android Honeycomb tablet code-name Silver Oak. This would imply Android running on Intel (Oak Trail). Are Dell anticipating an even lower power Atom?
By milliganp on 17 Feb 2011
That timescale sounds too tight to me for a new OS.
Wouldn't an updated version of Windows Phone 7 for tablets make more sense? Full Windows is too 'fat' for a low spec tablet anyway.
By Stiggy on 17 Feb 2011
The new windows 8 was ment to be out at that time any way
MS said they where going back to 2-3 years replacements of the OS so 2012 works out correct when comparied to window 7 release date
By mprltd on 17 Feb 2011
If it really is scheduled for release that soon I would expect beta Windows 8 to appear this quarter, Windows 7 was under invited beta testing for over 9 months.
By skarlock on 17 Feb 2011
The problem with windows and tablets is all the in house and third party applications, which users would want to run.
I would have thought it better for MS to finish and extend Window phone. This would remove the customers expectation that an old application will run on a tablet with a different processor.
By tirons1 on 17 Feb 2011
@tirons1 I total agree with you.
Also when you use an Window 7 or * Tablet to conect to a smartphone website or service it will see you as a computer not as a smartphone. This will cause you problems because certain data bases have been design just to work with smartphones
By mprltd on 18 Feb 2011
Another case of playing catch-up?
This feels a little like Microsoft playing catch up again with the imminent release of Honeycomb devices (itself a year after Apple iOS). They try to convince that a desktop OS can compete with a touch interface built from the ground up just because it is "touch enabled", while they work on a real competitor.
It was the the same with Mobile 7 following Android (following iOS), another case of seemingly only starting the development on a competitive product once the market had already been defined. If Android/iOS did not exist, what mobile version of Windows would we have? 6.6? 6.7?
How much longer can they continue to allow others (read Google/Apple) to continue to provide the innovation and lead these key markets?
By jefferson30 on 18 Feb 2011
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