Asus hints at Windows 8 tablet collaboration with Microsoft

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been downloaded over a million times already, as users scramble to get the new OS onto their current systems, but we’re still many months away from being able to buy the new generation of devices designed for Windows 8. One manufacturer that is expected to launch a Windows 8 tablet is Asus, and while it’s no surprise to learn that a big PC builder will be making systems with Win 8 on board, comments made by the company’s global head of handheld devices, Benson Lin, imply that Asus may be working somewhat more closely with Microsoft on their new tablet.

Speaking with Pocket-lint at MWC, Lin said: “We are very, very, very close and work hard with Microsoft.” When pressed for specifics on the company’s Windows 8 tablet, Lin’s response was cryptic, to say the least: “If you are Microsoft, which partner will you select? It is very simple.”

Not exactly a straightforward answer – but reading between the lines, one might conclude that Lin's allusion to a select 'partnership' hints at a direct collaboration with Microsoft for the new Asus tablet, rather than just building a system with Microsoft’s OS on it. MS worked closely with Samsung on the ‘Developer Preview Tablet' (a variant of Samsung's Series 7 Slate) that was handed out to devs at BUILD last year, so this kind of collaboration would not be entirely without precedent.

Reinforcing the ‘closeness’ of the partnership, Lin offered a little insider knowledge about Microsoft’s CEO: “Steve Ballmer only uses the Asus Ultrabook. I just came from meeting Microsoft last week, and they told me Ballmer only uses our Zenbook.”

Great. That’s that mystery solved then.

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Hope they don't put a SATA 3 controller in there cos apparently Windows 8 has a problem with it. It's stopping me installing with my ASUS U3S6 in.

FalseAgent said,
1) Transformer prime
2) Put Windows 8 on it
3) Sell it
4) ???
4) Profit!!

Wouldn't that cannibalise their own ultrabooks though?

X86 tablets can be great when they support HDMI. Would be nice to install XBMC on these tablets, plug it in the TV and watch my HD movie collection / TV series. And when you are done, you can just use it as a common tablet with the Metro interface like I use my iPad at the moment

The future is great

Also, ARM might be better for tablets though (battery, temperature etc) Hopefully the XBMC team will port their software to this platforms as well. Will be a powerful combination to say the least.

I would definitely buy a Windows 8 ASUS Transformer 2-like device (tablet with keyboard dock), 10in+ with high resolution, and high specs. Definitely buying it...

Getting so tired of seeing 10 inch tablets. As soon as I see an 12 inch tablet with decent resolution (at least 720p), I will get it. Less then 12 inch is just silly for tablets.

x-byte said,
Getting so tired of seeing 10 inch tablets. As soon as I see an 12 inch tablet with decent resolution (at least 720p), I will get it. Less then 12 inch is just silly for tablets.

All windows 8 tablets will feature screen res higher than 720p. Its the minimum requirment.
1366x768

Zain Adeel said,
Its the minimum requirment. 1366x768

Wrong, Metro is supported starting with 1024x768. 1366x768 just enables the snapping feature…

MFH said,

Wrong, Metro is supported starting with 1024x768. 1366x768 just enables the snapping feature…

I know that. I'm talking about tablets. All tablets will come with the one I mentioned. So . No not wrong.

Hope they make 15.6" tablet with Core i7 CPU and 500GB SSD and Geforce 5xx inside with wireless keyboard and mouse ability then I buy

veternan said,
Hope they make 15.6" tablet with Core i7 CPU and 500GB SSD and Geforce 5xx inside with wireless keyboard and mouse ability then I buy

That's a bit over the top, don't you think?

veternan said,
Hope they make 15.6" tablet with Core i7 CPU and 500GB SSD and Geforce 5xx inside with wireless keyboard and mouse ability then I buy

and at least 2 usb 3.0 ports.

kavazovangel said,

That's a bit over the top, don't you think?


No, I know it is the future of ultrabook and I'm waiting for that. I heard Acer has plan to make 15.6" ultrabook.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to 15.6" tablet with my desire spec, untill then I don't leave my 15.6" laptop and my desktop AND Windows 7 of course.

veternan said,
Hope they make 15.6" tablet with Core i7 CPU and 500GB SSD and Geforce 5xx inside with wireless keyboard and mouse ability then I buy

Enjoy your two minute battery life!

kavazovangel said,

That's a bit over the top, don't you think?

I wouldn't take him too seriously, in the article about 1 million Win8 downloads, he was talking about how people were immediately removing Win8 from their computers.

nohone said,

I wouldn't take him too seriously, in the article about 1 million Win8 downloads, he was talking about how people were immediately removing Win8 from their computers.

Yes, I said that!! and even now I say that Windows 8 CP is a disaster because MS can't merge Metro with legacy Desktop well, So MS force us to use Metro on PC without touch!!!!!!

I hope a PC-Tablet With my desire to be build soon and Microsoft Change the sh*tty way they integrate Metro into Windows 7 so Windows 8 born!!!!!!! Then I buy that PC-Tablet and Fixed version of Windows 8

You happy now?

Edited by veternan, Mar 2 2012, 9:05am :

veternan said,

Yes, I said that!! and even now I say that Windows 8 is disaster because MS can't merge Metro with Desktop well, So MS force us to use Metro on PC without touch!!!!!!

I hope a Tablet With my desire to be build soon and Microsoft Change the sh*tty way they integrate Metro into Windows 7 so Windows 8 born!!!!!!! Then I buy that PC-Tablet and Fixed version of Windows 8

You happy now?

Uhhhhh, what?

veternan said,

Yes, I said that!! and even now I say that Windows 8 CP is a disaster because MS can't merge Metro with legacy Desktop well, So MS force us to use Metro on PC without touch!!!!!!

I hope a PC-Tablet With my desire to be build soon and Microsoft Change the sh*tty way they integrate Metro into Windows 7 so Windows 8 born!!!!!!! Then I buy that PC-Tablet and Fixed version of Windows 8

You happy now?

WTH???

veternan said,
Hope they make 15.6" tablet with Core i7 CPU and 500GB SSD and Geforce 5xx inside with wireless keyboard and mouse ability then I buy

I want this for x-mas!!!! and with 24 hour battery life or more!!!