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A new survey of mobile app creators show that 33 percent are "very interested" in making apps for Windows 8-based tablets, but the numbers are still well behind interest in iOS and Android products.
Microsoft has announced it has launched a new game development studio based in London, and their main focus is to make game titles for Windows 8-based tablet products like the Surface.
A report claims that as many as 32 tablets running Windows 8 may be released before the end of 2012, covering a broad range of price points, with some even going on sale for under $300.
Intel has said it is currently working with 10 unnamed vendors to help create tablets that will run on Windows 8 and will have Intel's processors running things inside.
In a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that tablets that will use Microsoft's Windows 8 OS "are being queued up for production".