Windows 8 PCs coming by end of 2012 from HP

HP is getting ready for Windows 8 and at the moment its looking like the PC maker will be selling products that will use Microsoft's OS before the end of the year. In its regular quarterly financial conference call today with analysts (you can listen to the repeat on HP's web site) company CEO Meg Whitman said that HP "will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays."

She added later that "we're rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that's out on time for holiday." That would seem to suggest at least a little bit of doubt about the Windows 8 launch date but since Whitman was talking with financial analysts it's perhaps in her and HP's best business interest to have a little back door just in case Microsoft decides to change its Windows 8 launch window.

Whitman's words also seem to indicate that HP doesn't anticipate to have any ARM-based Windows 8 products by the end of 2012. Microsoft recently said that it currently plans to launch the ARM version around the same time as the x86 port. However, most people wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft decided to hold off on a Windows 8 ARM launch until after the regular X86 version comes out.

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Newsflash: when a major update to Windows is released, one of the world's largest computer manufacturers will have computers available that run it. In other news: a recent study shows that 2+2 really does equal 4.

HP i s always on a rush that is why it delivers bad products most of the time.
Still remember the Pavilion DV6000,DV9000 fiasco that came with a factory flaw that resulted in overheating that resulted in massive amounts of DV6000's to be damaged and unusable.
Youtube is full of broken dv6000 videos.
Lets hope they learned something.

0nyX said,
HP i s always on a rush that is why it delivers bad products most of the time.
Still remember the Pavilion DV6000,DV9000 fiasco that came with a factory flaw that resulted in overheating that resulted in massive amounts of DV6000's to be damaged and unusable.
Youtube is full of broken dv6000 videos.
Lets hope they learned something.

Even worse, after rushing out with products, they no longer issue drivers when a new OS is released. I refuse to be forced into buying new computers, printers, scanners, etc. just because a new OS is released and HP does not issue drivers for the new OS. Nasty!

TsarNikky said,

Even worse, after rushing out with products, they no longer issue drivers when a new OS is released. I refuse to be forced into buying new computers, printers, scanners, etc. just because a new OS is released and HP does not issue drivers for the new OS. Nasty!

True

Got a high spec media centre pc running 7 which is great, and I have a WP7.5 mobile too. However my laptop is from work so ignoring that I still have a gap for a browsing tablet. As such im holding off of a Win8 ARM tab to fill the gap.

Win8 Media PC, WinPho mobile phone and a Win8 tablet. Lovely stuff

Got a high spec media centre pc running 7 which is great, and I have a WP7.5 mobile too. However my laptop is from work so ignoring that I still have a gap for a browsing tablet. As such im holding off of a Win8 ARM tab to fill the gap.

Win8 Media PC, WinPho mobile phone and a Win8 tablet. Lovely stuff

TsarNikky said,
Clearly designed for the casual consumer marketplace. I wonder how many businesses, if any, will be buying them?

Hardly any businesses will switch to a new OS that soon after release, so any W8 products we hear about right now is almost guaranteed to be for casual consumers.

Bioran said,

Hardly any businesses will switch to a new OS that soon after release, so any W8 products we hear about right now is almost guaranteed to be for casual consumers.

I'd say any business looking into deploying tablets will look towards Windows 8 now, it'll most likely run their former applications, and will integrate better into a Windows Network than an iPad. And iPads are seeing increased adoption.

McKay said,

I'd say any business looking into deploying tablets will look towards Windows 8 now, it'll most likely run their former applications, and will integrate better into a Windows Network than an iPad. And iPads are seeing increased adoption.

Doesn't work that way. As was already said, any smart business (or IS department) won't buy or upgrade to a new OS soon after the release date. The probability of incompatibility or security issues is rather high, and it costs a considerable amount of money if problems arise.

_Heracles said,
Oh boy a tablet filled full of trialware that loads at start-up with trialware antivirus software!
I can't wait!

Yeah, I wish someone would put an end to this practice...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I wish someone would put an end to this practice...

Ya no kidding.. like a decade ago
I've had people buy a dell and not even open the box and bring to me and leave and ask me to do the usual..
and un(homosexual-reference) it for them

Start by deleting those retarded special partitions
and then reformat all the drives and put a stock retail OS on their for them
I was making good money doing this for a lot of years and had
a steady stream of pc's lined up at all times waiting in line for service
Including pc's from the Ramada hotel and the Provicial Gov in BC among others

Companies just loooooooooove to tell us what we like lol
So get ready for windows 8
I don't know about the rest of you but i can't wait to see what i like in the next windows OS..
And i ovbiously have no idea whatsoever whats coming because we all know the Developer preview is just that and does not reflect the final product.
Ugggh this world is retarded

derekaw said,
Metro with Windows 8 on a tablet will be version 1, how excited should you get?

Windows Phone was also version 1 and it was fairly exciting. Did the job very well and was rock stable. Not perfect but more than what many expected.

TheCyberKnight said,

Windows Phone was also version 1 and it was fairly exciting. Did the job very well and was rock stable. Not perfect but more than what many expected.

I would sat that WP did/does "the job well" as far as we are talking about "social" oriented job; "business" oriented........ not so well at all......

As for "more than what many expected " I guess it depends where these users were coming from; personally I came from WM 6.XXX and I surely was not among them.........

I guess we will know soon if WP8 will deliver what people using Outlook more than FB need.

TheCyberKnight said,
Can't wait to see what is powering this x86 device that will make it "fantastic".
If there's a fan, it is not "fantastic" for me.

uhh...anything above Atom performance level will require a fan.