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February 25, 2012

HP joins the Microsoft bandwagon, to release Windows 8 tablet in 2012

According to a news report by Business Insider, HP CEO Meg Whitman has said that HP plans to ship Windows 8 tablets in 2012.

Earlier this month, in an interview with CRN, she had hinted releasing Windows 8 tablets targeting corporates with a particular stress on security. The first HP tablets are going to be released on x86 based Intel processors with a potential ARM release later. She also said that HP plans to make security as the key plank as it tries to compete with Apple's Ipad.
I think our sweet spot has to be around security. This whole security thing is a big worry, not just for big enterprises but also for medium enterprises and small and medium businesses.
It seems, that HP plans to re-ignite the strong partnership it enjoyed with Microsoft before it took the ill-fated decision to acquire Palm for US$1.2bn. HP would now be hoping that Windows 8 with good touch support, Microsoft applications like MS Office, security and management tools, legacy x86 applications and HP's integrations will churn out a device capable of competing with Apple and Samsung, the two major players in the tablet market.

This follows on the heel of several manufacturers like Asus and Fujitsu who have already announced plans for a Windows 8 tablet. Expect other manufacturers to follow through.

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