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Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet’s Hardware Rules “Troublesome”, Acer Says

In a speech at Computex, Acer Chairman and CEO, JT Wang, said that with the next version of Windows, Microsoft is “really controlling the whole thing, the whole process”, adding that component suppliers and OEMs “all feel it’s very troublesome”.

Microsoft will unveil a Windows operating system with a touch-screen interface for tablet computers this week, three people familiar with the company’s plans said last week. Acer, the No. 3 maker of personal computers in 2010, is among PC makers that expect to sell more tablet computers once the operating system is introduced to narrow the gap with Apple’s iPad.

At this stage, it’s not known whether Microsoft will choose only to limit certain component choices (such as only supporting Snapdragon and Tegra chipsets, for example) for Windows 8 tablets, or if they’ll go further towards the Windows Phone 7 method of defining a minimum specification list that all devices must meet.

Microsoft is rushing to release a version of Windows compatible with chip technology from ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) so Windows-based tablet computers can compete with Apple’s iPad, which controls an estimated 64 percent of the tablet market.

Microsoft has been working on an ARM-compatible version of Windows for some time, as it finally prepares to take on Apple’s dominant iPad in the mobile computing space.Bloomberg is confident that we’ll get our first glimpse of Windows 8 in a matter of days, citing three sources close to Microsoft, who also revealed that it would debut running on an Nvidia Tegra chip.

[via: Bloomberg]

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