Microsoft wants a chunk of the iPad’s share with Windows 8

Microsoft wants a chunk of the iPad’s share with Windows 8Digitimes! 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.

Eh, what about Sammo? It gave away 5,000 developer tablets last September, and Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing for Samsung’s PC stuff, recently said they hope to sell Windows 8 tablets in H2.

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).

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Shonk  Apr. 19, 2012 at 16:23

Why would anyone want to go windows on a tablet
seriously

I like windows but ms have to be watched
they are going out of theyr way to break windows for desktops's and laptops in a bid to take over the tablet market

If microsoft ever get in a position they are in with desktop's atm

It will be £500 for Windows 12 Ultimate to go on your tablet
and £50 for every app you buy

Windows Xp is the best os they ever made
Windows 7 is still good but has hard limits on certain things that annoy me a tad

Windows 8 on a dektop will be a joke
I installed it on a main pc a few months ago it was off within a day

On tablets it may be great but on Desktops and Laptop's its a joke

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 16:55

yes.

barrybarryk  Apr. 19, 2012 at 17:21

Windows tablets have been around for years, turns out some people use tablets/slates and UMPCs for lab and testing work and need a secure os(read: not a toy os)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 17:27

Windows tablets have been around for years, turns out some people use tablets/slates and UMPCs for lab and testing work and need a secure os(read: not a toy os)

That is very true; but M$ need the toy dollar ;) And that is what they are talking about, and that is what we have been commenting on.

barrybarryk  Apr. 19, 2012 at 17:33

Yeah I don't think anyone seen consumers randomly jumping on the tablets all of a sudden. Intel even seem pretty fixated on making x86 chips that are more efficient than ARM CPUs which should make for an interesting year. I'd love an x86 tablet running Windows or Linux if it had a chance of lasting a full days use.

Though this Windows embedded / runtime / ARM edition thing will be a disaster I'd bet. people will just get confused thinking it'll run desktop apps

satchef1  Apr. 20, 2012 at 20:52

Agreed on Windows 8 RT being a disaster. I guess they couldn't have known for sure that Intel and AMD would make inroads on battery life, so it was sensible to develop RT. I can't see the point of it if x86 is competitive in the tablet space by the year's end though. Even if it takes another year, I can't see RT having a bright future.

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