Velocity Micro: Windows 8 touch device on the way

Neowin has numerous interviews on the way with PC makers about both their current products and their plans to support Windows 8, among other topics. We have just conducted one of them with Randy Copeland, the founder, president and CEO of Velocity Micro.

One of our interview questions to Copeland was whether Velocity Micro had any plans to release gaming PC products that will use Windows 8's touch screen interface, such as a notebook or tablet-slate device. Copeland's response was simple and straightforward, "Absolutely. Stay tuned!" He did not offer up any more details about their Windows 8 hardware plans.

Velocity Micro is no stranger to creating tablets. It currently sells seven-, eight- and ten-inch versions of its Android-powered Cruz product, along with its own cheaper e-reader device.

Copeland also told us that while Microsoft announced their plans for the Windows 8/RT Surface tablet in June, he doesn't expect Microsoft to remain in the tablet hardware business on a permanent basis. He told us, "The Surface is intended to show us hardware builders 'the way' and show consumers what potential lies ahead with Windows 8, and it lets them tell the story themselves in the way they see best fit."

Stay tuned for our complete interview with Copeland along with interviews with other PC makers in the next few days.

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Velocity makes amazing computers Jakem1, they make mice but only sold with their computers, I own 2 of their computers, they are super sweet. I bought them about 5 years ago, I will up getting 2 more very soon. If they say they are making touch screen computers with Windows 8, they will be sweet. I wonder if this means they will make a Cruz Win8 machine, or are they going to make a Notebook and/or Desktop with touch screen, that might be nice.

What else van can they say? Is not that they have an option to abandon the Windows cash cow. Windows 8 is the next windows cash cow, everyone knows that, including Apple and Google. Once these Win8 tablets start selling, I would love the see the growth graph of the other devices next year.

"The Surface is intended to show us hardware builders 'the way' and show consumers what potential lies ahead with Windows 8, and it lets them tell the story themselves in the way they see best fit."

Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, from Acer's panicked PR people....

Of course the first out of the gate is going to be the lowest quality devices on the market.... people will buy these POS devices... then say how bad the OS is.. not based on the OS, but the experience from the sub-par hardware..

xendrome said,
Of course the first out of the gate is going to be the lowest quality devices on the market.... people will buy these POS devices... then say how bad the OS is.. not based on the OS, but the experience from the sub-par hardware..
So we should all get Surfaces.

xendrome said,
Of course the first out of the gate is going to be the lowest quality devices on the market.... people will buy these POS devices... then say how bad the OS is.. not based on the OS, but the experience from the sub-par hardware..

And that's the Life of Windows Vista in a nutshell.

Sadelwo said,

And that's the Life of Windows Vista in a nutshell.

Yep I still recall of the Vista Basic machines that sold with 512 megs of ram. They gave a new definition to the world slow.

Sadelwo said,

And that's the Life of Windows Vista in a nutshell.

Are people just going to compare an OS to Windows Vista for forever if they don't like it?

dagamer34 said,

Are people just going to compare an OS to Windows Vista for forever if they don't like it?

I think you're missing his point. What he's saying is that Windows Vista was hated because of the poor hardware it was shipped with, not so much the OS itself - which is a position Windows 8 could be in if OEMs flood the market with cheap crappy tablets. Thankfully Microsoft is on the ball this time to show the public how well Windows 8 can run if OEMs don't shove rubbish hardware in tablets. Hopefully its enough.