Dell will release "some unimaginable" Windows 8 devices

A few weeks ago, an anonymous tipster sent us some preliminary designs for two of Dell's upcoming Windows 8 products. One was a fairly standard tablet product while the other was a notebook that could convert to a tablet. This week, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell confirmed that the PC maker will be releasing a wide variety of device that will run on Windows 8.

PCWorld.com reports that during an on-stage interview at Gartner's annual security and risk management conference, Dell said, "You'll see us at launch, at Windows 8 launch, with a full complement of devices--tablets, hybrids, convertibles--you know every imaginable and maybe some unimaginable forms."

That last statement, about Dell coming up with some "unimaginable forms" for Windows 8 products, certainly sets our minds racing as to what they could be like. Dell also confirmed that the company will be releasing a Windows 8-based tablet that will use an ARM-based processor. The design for the Windows 8 tablet leaked to us indicated it would use an Intel-based chip but we know Dell will ship several different types of tablets at launch, so this is not a surprise. 

Dell has also apparently abandoned any plans to return to the smartphone industry. It has tried and failed to launch smartphones in the past, including a Windows Phone product. However, this week Michael Dell stated, "You're not going to see us in phones, not in terms of hardware."

Source: PCWorld.com

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I'll be waiting Michael, I'll be waiting -- just don't disappoint me.

(I had a bit of a boo-boo while removing the Windows 8 CP and had to call Dell and the next day I received a DVD with a copy of Windows 7. And today, I received a new mouse/keyboard and DVD drive from Dell after calling support.)

BTW, that XPS 27 is gorg! I just wish it had a touch screen. Still, I want a tablet first.

LOL. Dell??

Unimaginably crap, more like. Dell is as generic a box-maker as generic box-makers go. Everything they tried outside of PC boxes has failed miserably. You expect miracles from the same guy responsible for Dell's Current State of Galactic Embarrassment?

unimaginably expensive if anything lol
besides dell is known for using defective parts in there products a while back so i dont really care for them

Sorry Michael....you SCREWED over those that purchased Android phones/devices by saying Android is/was dead. You didn't market the Dell Streak, which I loved, and if it hadn't been for the developers on XDA, I would have junked it because the default firmware SUCKED, and you & at&t didn't know the jewel you had. I'm MUCH happier with my (international) Samsung G-Note.

Being I'm in the enterprise environment all day at work. I truly believe Windows 8 will fail on the enterprise side of things IMHO. We have deployed test units to users and they call within an hour or so begging us to get it off their desk. Management has used a Dell 6520 with windows 8 for over 3 weeks now with most of our Enterprise apps. All 37 of them have moved backed to their original laptops and have stated Windows 8 will be skipped in our environment. We've taken 20 users into a lab over the last few weeks. In this lab we give them a list of tasks they are to complete on a Windows 7 based machine. The results have been users normally finish those tasks within 30-48 minutes. We then give them the same tasks to do on the same hardware, just with Windows 8. The results are absolutely astonishing! In the cases where the users actually finished the tasks, it was between 1.30-2.1 hours!!! Mind you only 11 of the 20 users actually finished the tasks. The other users through their hands up and refused to go any further. In my professional experience, M$ is trying to change the game forcefully and way to fast! There should IMHO be a "tablet" SKU that has all that tile crap etc and a desktop SKU that has what "worker bees" would be able to function in a work environment. From a user standpoint, the decision has already been made that our 8 thousand desktops/laptops will skip Windows 8. I can go on for hours in our environment...but there is no point. Windows 8 may be adopted by the consumer, but the rumblings around the enterprise is "STAY AWAY".

abadaba said,
Being I'm in the enterprise environment all day at work. I truly believe Windows 8 will fail on the enterprise side of things IMHO. We have deployed test units to users and they call within an hour or so begging us to get it off their desk. Management has used a Dell 6520 with windows 8 for over 3 weeks now with most of our Enterprise apps. All 37 of them have moved backed to their original laptops and have stated Windows 8 will be skipped in our environment. We've taken 20 users into a lab over the last few weeks. In this lab we give them a list of tasks they are to complete on a Windows 7 based machine. The results have been users normally finish those tasks within 30-48 minutes. We then give them the same tasks to do on the same hardware, just with Windows 8. The results are absolutely astonishing! In the cases where the users actually finished the tasks, it was between 1.30-2.1 hours!!! Mind you only 11 of the 20 users actually finished the tasks. The other users through their hands up and refused to go any further. In my professional experience, M$ is trying to change the game forcefully and way to fast! There should IMHO be a "tablet" SKU that has all that tile crap etc and a desktop SKU that has what "worker bees" would be able to function in a work environment. From a user standpoint, the decision has already been made that our 8 thousand desktops/laptops will skip Windows 8. I can go on for hours in our environment...but there is no point. Windows 8 may be adopted by the consumer, but the rumblings around the enterprise is "STAY AWAY".

You're right! Same thing happened where I work. Windows 7 will be around for a LONG TIME... One day, maybe, Microsoft will get its **** together and understand this simple equation: Desktop PC ≠ Tablet

I don't want my lawnmower to be an oven, and I don't want my PC to be a tablet.

abadaba said,
Being I'm in the enterprise environment all day at work. I truly believe Windows 8 will fail on the enterprise side of things IMHO. We have deployed test units to users and they call within an hour or so begging us to get it off their desk. Management has used a Dell 6520 with windows 8 for over 3 weeks now with most of our Enterprise apps. All 37 of them have moved backed to their original laptops and have stated Windows 8 will be skipped in our environment. We've taken 20 users into a lab over the last few weeks. In this lab we give them a list of tasks they are to complete on a Windows 7 based machine. The results have been users normally finish those tasks within 30-48 minutes. We then give them the same tasks to do on the same hardware, just with Windows 8. The results are absolutely astonishing! In the cases where the users actually finished the tasks, it was between 1.30-2.1 hours!!! Mind you only 11 of the 20 users actually finished the tasks. The other users through their hands up and refused to go any further. In my professional experience, M$ is trying to change the game forcefully and way to fast! There should IMHO be a "tablet" SKU that has all that tile crap etc and a desktop SKU that has what "worker bees" would be able to function in a work environment. From a user standpoint, the decision has already been made that our 8 thousand desktops/laptops will skip Windows 8. I can go on for hours in our environment...but there is no point. Windows 8 may be adopted by the consumer, but the rumblings around the enterprise is "STAY AWAY".

Windows 8 enterprise will have benefits for businesses such as brand cache. Your tests look like they are only short term, the fact is that Windows 8 is a big change and people will need patience to get use to it. This isn't perfect for businesses but Windows 8 could have more positives than negatives to encourage businesses to teach their employees how to use it and be more productive in the end. One big thing it will bring is enterprise tablets and enterprise all in ones.

Gaffney said,

Windows 8 enterprise will have benefits for businesses such as brand cache. Your tests look like they are only short term, the fact is that Windows 8 is a big change and people will need patience to get use to it. This isn't perfect for businesses but Windows 8 could have more positives than negatives to encourage businesses to teach their employees how to use it and be more productive in the end. One big thing it will bring is enterprise tablets and enterprise all in ones.

P.S.

it is Branch Cache

abadaba said,
Being I'm in the enterprise environment all day at work. I truly believe Windows 8 will fail on the enterprise side of things IMHO. We have deployed test units to users and they call within an hour or so begging us to get it off their desk. Management has used a Dell 6520 with windows 8 for over 3 weeks now with most of our Enterprise apps. All 37 of them have moved backed to their original laptops and have stated Windows 8 will be skipped in our environment. We've taken 20 users into a lab over the last few weeks. In this lab we give them a list of tasks they are to complete on a Windows 7 based machine. The results have been users normally finish those tasks within 30-48 minutes. We then give them the same tasks to do on the same hardware, just with Windows 8. The results are absolutely astonishing! In the cases where the users actually finished the tasks, it was between 1.30-2.1 hours!!! Mind you only 11 of the 20 users actually finished the tasks. The other users through their hands up and refused to go any further. In my professional experience, M$ is trying to change the game forcefully and way to fast! There should IMHO be a "tablet" SKU that has all that tile crap etc and a desktop SKU that has what "worker bees" would be able to function in a work environment. From a user standpoint, the decision has already been made that our 8 thousand desktops/laptops will skip Windows 8. I can go on for hours in our environment...but there is no point. Windows 8 may be adopted by the consumer, but the rumblings around the enterprise is "STAY AWAY".

I somehow doubt this is fully truthful. The Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops are pretty much identical, the only difference being the start menu is full screen instead of a little menu. I don't see how this could double the amount of time it takes to do a task.

mrp04 said,

I somehow doubt this is fully truthful. The Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops are pretty much identical, the only difference being the start menu is full screen instead of a little menu. I don't see how this could double the amount of time it takes to do a task.


this and the menu items are allot bigger then start menu. I've worked for the railway network in Holland for quite a while, about 10.000 workspaces and what not. finding out a ton of people got the DPI up so high, you need a 20inch widescreen monitor on its side to open a start menu. it was quite a big percentage using big DPI. let alone allot of people just 'memorized' where the menu entries where. and at first tons and tons of people where crying 'no I want my old windows back' 'wth is this, this a mac, I want windows' etc.etc. when they migrated from XP to 7.

The exact same will happen from 7 to 8, ofcourse. change!?!?!?! it looks different.

I didn't really like aero on vista/7, still use classic on my home win7 pc (at work and laptop I use aero, these 2 crap GFX and CPU's need the power of hardware acceleration, my desktop somehow is faster/smoother on classic....weird )
Still don't really like aero on win8, but the glossiness is gone, can set aero to not be seethrough and no gayish rounded corners. but the start screen... at first, wth.. installed that startX or something... even more horrible. after a couple of days of just using it... I love it. the desktop looks cleaner (no fugly glowing orb) and a start menu I can enter from 3 corners of BOTH my screens (not just 1 stinking button on 1 screen) so it gives me 6 access points to the start screen. and a app-switcher without the need to press alt-tab/winkey-tab.

must be a really dumb userbase. even my 80 year old grandpa which PC I upgraded to win8 really loves the fact that his 'desktop' (he thinks start screen is desktop ) is much cleaner, easier to read, and just sometimes forget theres no button for a start menu, its hovering in a corner. but other then that, he's more happy with win8 then he'd ever be on another windows.
if he can do it! everyone can


Quick lets try imagine the unimaginable, get some people with photoshop to try creating some drafts of the unimaginable devices.

M_Lyons10 said,
Being from Dell, it'll be "unimaginable" if they work and don't fall apart in your hands...

Come on. Their designs might not be very attractive but I've been using Dell laptops and PCs for years and have never had anything fall apart. They're stuff is ugly but works.

jakem1 said,

Come on. Their designs might not be very attractive but I've been using Dell laptops and PCs for years and have never had anything fall apart. They're stuff is ugly but works.


My experience has actually been the complete opposite.

Really the only thing I can give them credit for are their designs...

And I and our company have had a ton of Dell's. We used to use them exclusively, but due to all the problems we moved to Toshiba and Asus. The computers might not be as attractive, but the build quality is WORLDS above Dell...

Just pray you don't have any technical issues because you'll also have to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone just to understand their tech support reps.

bjoswald said,
Just pray you don't have any technical issues because you'll also have to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone just to understand their tech support reps.

It's easy to figure out. They're answer is always "No"... LOL

Enron said,
I want Windows 8 on my refrigerator with a live tile telling me how many eggs I have left.

Don't forget how much milk is still in the carton too.

Somehow I believe in the first year of Windows 8, we are going to see plethora of devices.....with 95% of them failing to make any sort of dent due to their non-unique approach....and then in the next year, we will see some serious and concerted efforts from the vendors to release only really good and original designs which customers can not only use but can remember and can recommend....Windows 8 haven't been released yet and I already feel too overwhelmed by the number of devices announced every now and then and find it hard to remember names of the devices (may be it's only me!)......pretty much what happened in Android ecosystem.......vendors get overwhelmed by the opportunity, and in the case of Windows 8, I really hope that they don't!

efjay said,
Marketing hype. Backed up by poor tech support and customer service.

I'm sorry, but one of the best things about Dell is their customer service.

FalseAgent said,

I'm sorry, but one of the best things about Dell is their customer service.

i loled.

if a dell tech cant help fix your problem they will simply hang up on you.

ShareShiz said,

i loled.

if a dell tech cant help fix your problem they will simply hang up on you.


That sounds extremely unlikely to happen on a regular basis. You're probably judging your entire experience based on one bad apple.

efjay said,
Marketing hype. Backed up by poor tech support and customer service.

I never had any bad experience with Dell customer support but I only had to call them twice (two different issues). My problems were promptly answered and resolved. I never understood this "horrible" label their service gets.

BajiRav said,

I never had any bad experience with Dell customer support but I only had to call them twice (two different issues). My problems were promptly answered and resolved. I never understood this "horrible" label their service gets.

Some people are lucky I guess. In my mind Dell deserves a horrible label from build to customer support. I had to mass mail the entire board to get my computer fixed after having the first technician break something green inside and throw the case together so quick that the ports didn't line up (Then race away from my house), to then mailing it in and having them mail it back to me (Now with a broken keyboard) having not fixed the initial problem (Or the one the first tech now caused) and including just a letter that they apparently saw nothing to repair. Apparently you're not supposed to have access to your ports... 4 repairs later and I have a laptop that only runs when plugged in (Oh so portable), but I'm thrilled, because at least it now works... *grumble*

M_Lyons10 said,

Some people are lucky I guess. In my mind Dell deserves a horrible label from build to customer support. I had to mass mail the entire board to get my computer fixed after having the first technician break something green inside and throw the case together so quick that the ports didn't line up (Then race away from my house), to then mailing it in and having them mail it back to me (Now with a broken keyboard) having not fixed the initial problem (Or the one the first tech now caused) and including just a letter that they apparently saw nothing to repair. Apparently you're not supposed to have access to your ports... 4 repairs later and I have a laptop that only runs when plugged in (Oh so portable), but I'm thrilled, because at least it now works... *grumble*

Oh, and I might add that the initial repair was for a motherboard that failed within a few days of receiving my new laptop...

FalseAgent said,

I'm sorry, but one of the best things about Dell is their customer service.

Agreed, I work with them quite frequently, I dare say more than most people here--and I've had 5-star service ~99% of the time. You get a bad/new/inexperienced/lazy person from time to time in any job. I got awful service at a Taco Bell once, but do you think I stopped going there or think the whole chain is bad? No way I've been really surprised with Dell, honestly--the customer service is great, and the hardware itself is pretty decent, especially for the price.

ShareShiz said,

i loled.

if a dell tech cant help fix your problem they will simply hang up on you.

I've found you have to get through a few layers, but at least as far as server and business desktop support theyve always been spot on for me. Never had a home product though.

duddit2 said,

I've found you have to get through a few layers, but at least as far as server and business desktop support theyve always been spot on for me. Never had a home product though.

I've had the same experience. Their business support is really excellent.

Ryano121 said,
I imagine they are all going to suck.

He said unimaginable, he didn't say they wouldn't suck. Knowing one man would eat another man's face was unimaginable to me until it happened... so you never know.

Ryano121 said,
I imagine they are all going to suck.

Just like the rest of your life
having a negative attitude does no good to you or anyone else.

have a good life

no-sweat said,

Knowing one man would eat another man's face was unimaginable to me until it happened... so you never know.

Again, sounds like you have no imagination

no-sweat said,

He said unimaginable, he didn't say they wouldn't suck. Knowing one man would eat another man's face was unimaginable to me until it happened... so you never know.

LOL! Its funny cos it's true

no-sweat said,

He said unimaginable, he didn't say they wouldn't suck. Knowing one man would eat another man's face was unimaginable to me until it happened... so you never know.

Really? So, never heard of canibalism or watched the Silent of the Lambs movie (and it's prequels and sequels)?

Ryano121 said,
I imagine they are all going to suck.

nohone said,

Maybe the problem is your imagination.

Hey want some cream? Because you just got burned.