Over 20 Windows 8-based tablets with Intel chips coming

Intel has been almost locked out of the tablet market since Apple launched the first iPad in 2010. Most tablets have been using processors based on ARM designs. However, the launch of Windows 8 will also be Intel's biggest push into the tablet market.

Engadget reports that during Computex this week, Intel said that over 20 tablets with Windows 8 are in the works that will have some kind of Intel processor running things inside. That would seem to confirm earlier reports that while tablets that will run WindowsRT (also known as Windows 8 ARM) will be coming out as well, there won't be as many of them for Windows 8's launch compared to products based on Intel.

Of course, Intel has a ton of experience with previous versions of Windows and it's clear that they have worked closely with Microsoft to make sure Windows 8 runs well on their processors. WindowsRT is an all new OS for Microsoft and, as one might expect, having tablets running on that version of Windows 8 will take a little more effort.

The big question is whether or not all of these Windows 8-Intel tablets will find an audience. There have certainly been no shortage of tablets made for Android but for the most part, most of them have yet to sell well, with the possible exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Source: Engadget

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funny, when AMD works closely together with microsoft to make their CPU's run better and faster. there where lots crying that AMD did that to improve its performance on windows PC's. And that Intel did not need to do so to beat AMD...
now intel does the same... really? NOONE?

Twenty with Intel alone? Holy hell. How will *anyone* make any money on these after R&D for so many different devices?

Well if it is going to be similar to WP7, then I find I have enough app choices to get what I need to get done. I just with Papa Johns and Mint.com would release WP7 apps.

chorpeac said,
Well if it is going to be similar to WP7, then I find I have enough app choices to get what I need to get done. I just with Papa Johns and Mint.com would release WP7 apps.

The growth of Win8 apps should be much much faster than the growth of WP7 apps. Windows 8 will have by far the largest audience.

If I was going to buy a Windows 8 Tablet (haha) I'd probably want one with an Intel CPU. Yes ARM has great battery life but the whole point of running Windows for me at least is the apps and without that desktop application ecosystem on ARM I'm just not interested in it as a platform. There isn't enough value there.

I hope Intel and AMD continue to invest in low power chips.

Vice said,
If I was going to buy a Windows 8 Tablet (haha) I'd probably want one with an Intel CPU. Yes ARM has great battery life but the whole point of running Windows for me at least is the apps and without that desktop application ecosystem on ARM I'm just not interested in it as a platform. There isn't enough value there.

I hope Intel and AMD continue to invest in low power chips.

The Desktop app is there in Windows RT, it's just your legacy apps won't work. Also jumping to Arm generally halves the asking price instantly a major plus for everyone.

thealexweb said,

The Desktop app is there in Windows RT, it's just your legacy apps won't work. Also jumping to Arm generally halves the asking price instantly a major plus for everyone.

Microsoft has said that desktop apps will not be available on the ARM system apart from Microsoft Office. Even new apps written for the ARM edition must use Windows RT and be inside the Metro interface.

Vice said,

Microsoft has said that desktop apps will not be available on the ARM system apart from Microsoft Office. Even new apps written for the ARM edition must use Windows RT and be inside the Metro interface.

But can access the Desktop itself CAN be accessed if you wish to use it, there's video proof out there.

thealexweb said,

But can access the Desktop itself CAN be accessed if you wish to use it, there's video proof out there.

Are you listening? Yes you can access the desktop. To use Notepad, Calculator and all the other apps that come with the operating system. You can also use Microsoft Office on the desktop. But you cannot install any new Desktop apps. I can't install VLC, Chrome or any other Windows app I want. Even if there were ARM compiled binaries they wont run because Microsoft doesn't allow it on the ARM version of Windows 8.

The only apps 3rd party developers are allowed to release for the ARM version of Windows 8 are Windows RT apps which run inside Metro.

Vice said,

Are you listening? Yes you can access the desktop. To use Notepad, Calculator and all the other apps that come with the operating system. You can also use Microsoft Office on the desktop. But you cannot install any new Desktop apps. I can't install VLC, Chrome or any other Windows app I want. Even if there were ARM compiled binaries they wont run because Microsoft doesn't allow it on the ARM version of Windows 8.

The only apps 3rd party developers are allowed to release for the ARM version of Windows 8 are Windows RT apps which run inside Metro.

Are you listening more like, look up, I said in my first comment legacy apps won't work.

thealexweb said,

Are you listening more like, look up, I said in my first comment legacy apps won't work.


Then what's the point of using the desktop If you can't customize extend, install applications and use it like the Windows of old?
For that, I'd say MS just hold off on ARM support for Office until they can have a completely Metro implementation. No desktop is better than a desktop that doesn't do anything.

thealexweb said,

Are you listening more like, look up, I said in my first comment legacy apps won't work.

Seriously why are you even replying? I clearly said in my first post that the old apps wont run so why would you feel the need to argue with me about a point I already stated which you agree to?

My First Post: "Yes ARM has great battery life but the whole point of running Windows for me at least is the apps and without that desktop application ecosystem on ARM I'm just not interested in it as a platform."

The biggest point for me against ARM Windows is even if developers recompiled their apps for ARM, for example lets say the creator of VLC recompiles their app to run on ARM processors, they still cannot run it on Windows 8 unless it is a Windows RT App. They cannot use Win32 like Microsoft will be doing with Microsoft Office for ARM because Microsoft doesn't allow 3rd party developers to run Desktop apps on the ARM version of Windows 8.

Are you getting it yet? If you get a Windows 8 ARM based tablet you can only run Windows RT apps. If you get a x86 based Windows 8 tablet you can run Windows RT & Win32 Apps on the desktop. So why would I as a consumer buy an ARM based Windows 8 tablet when I lose the huge software library of Windows?

And of course the Windows desktop experience isn't amazing on a tablet screen but a lot of these new tablets have keyboard docks that have a trackpad on them. And you can always dock your tablet to a display with a keyboard and mouse.