Rumor: HP hints at upcoming Windows 8 tablet?

HP may be getting ready to launch its WebOS-based HP TouchPad device on Friday but that doesn't mean the PC maker is dumping its support for Windows-based products. Indeed, a new article on Fast Company hints strongly that HP might have tablets that will have Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system inside.

One thing is pretty much set in stone. HP will not be using Google's Android operating system for any upcoming products. The article quotes Phil McKinney, the president and CTO of HP's personal systems group, as saying flatly, "We don't do Android." But when asked about a possible Windows 8 based tablet McKinney dodges the question, saying, "I'm limited to what I can talk about with Windows 8. We're working very closely with [Microsoft], and I'm going to leave it at that or I'm going to start getting myself into trouble." He then adds that there is a Windows 7 based tablet from HP, the Slate 500, that is selling well. But when pressed again if that means there will be a Windows 8 tablet the article states that McKinney "literally offers no answer but wears a big grin and after a few moments lets out a loud laugh."

The article also quotes another HP VP, Richard Kerris, who states, "Because of our relationship with Microsoft, anything is possible. If we have a huge customer base that says we need a Windows 8 tablet, by all means, we'd listen." Any way you look at it it seems like there is something brewing at HP that might form some kind of Windows 8 based tablet product in the future.

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#1 - it has to be beautiful
#2 - battery life has to be world-class
#3 - the app store has to rival that of iOS or Android
#4 - no malware, not buggy and not crashy

KingCrimson said,
#1 - it has to be beautiful
#2 - battery life has to be world-class
#3 - the app store has to rival that of iOS or Android
#4 - no malware, not buggy and not crashy

The only way all of these can be achieved is if MS made Windows as closed as iOS. We all know what would happen if they did. Everyone would scream murder and DOJ will be on MS's case.

It's a shame because MS isn't allowed to do something that would make the experience better for the consumers.

I've got a Slate 500 from work. Great little unit but one real let down, Windows 7. It just wasn't meant for something like the slate, the touch functionality just isn't there.

When windows 8 does come out, I hope that hp does look into doing a windows 8 slate device, it will sell like hotcakes.

On a side note, impreseed by webOS so far.

Wouldn't that compete with their WebOS... their strategy into the portable computing space is all over the place. Hope to see some more on Windows 8 soon.

helios01 said,
Wouldn't that compete with their WebOS... their strategy into the portable computing space is all over the place. Hope to see some more on Windows 8 soon.

They'll dual boot it with WebOS or something I bet. As long as I have the option to turn it off and boot right into Win8 i'll be fine.

Or they could still just pump out a few WebOS devices and see how it goes, in the end they'll just go where ever the sales are.

GOOD, I wanted the Slate 500 but ended up with a TegaV2, but so expensive. Win8 Tablets really need to be inexpensive, even if they do do more than an iPad.

cleverclogs said,
GOOD, I wanted the Slate 500 but ended up with a TegaV2, but so expensive. Win8 Tablets really need to be inexpensive, even if they do do more than an iPad.

They should be, i think a good chunk of the costs are for the support and development work on the software that current OEMs have to do on a tablet. Hardware, when we're talking bulk, isn't expensive at all, not for the specs that todays tablets come with. So prices should drop since OEMs costs will come down.

cleverclogs said,
GOOD, I wanted the Slate 500 but ended up with a TegaV2, but so expensive. Win8 Tablets really need to be inexpensive, even if they do do more than an iPad.

You still have to pay the costs of the windows license. They WILL be more expensive than competing products for that reason alone.

sweatshopking said,

You still have to pay the costs of the windows license. They WILL be more expensive than competing products for that reason alone.

I don't think that matters nearly as much as some people think