Motorola Solutions to make rugged Windows 8 tablet

As more and more Windows 8 tablet products are released, we are beginning to see a variety of form factors for these tablet PCs. Today, Motorola Solutions announced they will launch their own Windows 8 tablet, but this one will be made for businesses and industrial customers.

Bloomberg reports that the rugged Windows 8 tablet will join a number of products from Motorola Solutions that already run versions of Microsoft's Windows Embedded operating systems. Their Windows 8 tablet is still a long way off and it won't be released until sometime in the second half of 2013 or 2014.

Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown said that apps that are being ported over to work with the embedded version of Windows 8 "  ... is a big deal for this niche market. We’re as well-positioned as anybody, given the scale of the devices we have and the relationship we have with Microsoft."

Motorola Solutions spun off on its own in January 2011, a number of months before its sister company Motorola Mobility announced it would be acquired by Google.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Motorola Solutions

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Interesting. I work at their Corporate Campus, and there wasn't much information on this getting around. This is probably being built by the Goverment and Enterprise Mobility section that was once Symbol, since Symbol worked very closely with Microsoft and used WinCE in most of its mobile scanners and mobile computers. (Motorola Solutions is also an Office 365 client as well)

Rather interesting to see MSI become more closely alligned with MS, since before the split there was no shortage of anti-MS propaganda in the hallways. Though that was right after the launch of Motorola's first Android handsets. Looks like those sentiments got jettisoned along with Moto-Mobility.

Going to try to get my hands on one of these before they hit the market.

Bad Man Duke said,
Rather interesting to see MSI become more closely alligned with MS, since before the split there was no shortage of anti-MS propaganda in the hallways. Though that was right after the launch of Motorola's first Android handsets. Looks like those sentiments got jettisoned along with Moto-Mobility.

Do you think this hostility dated back to the old Mac Classic days, when Motorola produced the 68k chip?

Or was it a more recent product that competed with a Microsoft product?

TomJones said,

Do you think this hostility dated back to the old Mac Classic days, when Motorola produced the 68k chip?

Or was it a more recent product that competed with a Microsoft product?

I think there were a few old timers still around who did harbor those hostilities, but overall most of it most it was geared towards their mobile strategy.

Funnily enough, you reminded me of the original Macintosh I keep in my office. I printed out a picture of the sad Mac face, and taped it to the screen. It catches some gawkers off guard from to time (my room is right next a conference room, so I see a lot of foot traffic).

are they gonna upgrade some of the ce powered barcode scanners to w8 that are used in grocery stores...? my hubby uses a ce powered one and he hates it lol...

remixedcat said,
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I'm going to answer with a confident yes.
Not upgrade existing hardware, because that's not feasible.
Rather, new hardware will be developed on the soon to be released Windows 8 embedded.

Read:

"Motorola Solutions spun off on its own in January 2011, a number of months before its sister company Motorola Mobility announced it would be acquired by Google."