WindowsRT is the new kid on the block, compared to Windows 8, which is just the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. While we have seen WindowsRT (also known as Windows 8 ARM) running on tablets, there's been no word if it will be used in more conventional desktops and notebooks.
Reuters reports that during Computex this week, the company chairman of Acer, JT Wang, confirmed that Acer has no plans to launch a WindowsRT-based device that isn't a tablet. He states, "According to engineer studies, unless we go into ARM 64-bit, otherwise performance is still not so great. ARM is a newcomer, young and attractive but it takes some time"
However, he does feel that Intel will do well with Windows 8-based notebooks and desktops, saying, "Finally the couple (Windows and Intel) recover their relationship."
Asus is showing off a WindowsRT-based product, the Tablet 600, that also comes with a detachable keyboard, making it more of a hybrid of a tablet and a notebook. However, it could be quite a while before PC makers are comfortable with launching a WindowsRT-based desktop. We suspect we won't see such a desktop on the market until 2013 at the very earliest.
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