Digitimes! It’s been far too long since we’ve relayed your unique brand of craziness, courtesy of “sources close to the supply chain”.
Today we’ve got all sorts of fun speculation about Microsoft and its lofty goals for Windows 8-based tablets. Fasten your seatbelt.
Apparently Intel and Microsoft have been liaising with top-tier vendors (Samsung springs to mind) with a view to giving the iPad a massive punch in the crown jewels.
The report states that the iPad’s current market share is 70%, but – with its Windows 8 tablets – Microsoft aims to reduce that to 50% by the “middle of 2013”.
Digitimes’ sources, “based on current progress of development”, reckon there will be 32 Windows 8 tablets by the end of the year, from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Toshiba.
According to Intel, Lenovo’s strong presence in Chinese education and business will be a major factor in driving Windows 8’s global tablet market share.
We still don’t have an exact release date for Windows 8, however the ARM-based tablet version will be known as Windows 8 RT (Runtime).