Microsoft to restrict number of tablet assemblers that can use Windows

“Microsoft Corp. plans to restrict the number of computer-hardware makers that initially can make tablets using its Windows operating system, requiring five select chip makers to pair up with one development partner each, people familiar with the matter said,” Shara Tibken and Lorraine Luk report for Dow Jones Newswires.

“The software company selected Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Nvidia Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. to choose one hardware maker apiece to develop tablet and clamshell devices based on Microsoft’s mobile platform, the people said,” Tibken and Luk report. “A Microsoft representative said the company is still in the development process on the next version of Windows.”

MacDailyNews Take: Take your time. No rush.

Tibken and Luk report, “Acer Inc. Corporate President Jim Wong said Wednesday during the Computex trade show in Taiwan that he is concerned about Microsoft’s restrictions. ‘The industry does not belong to Microsoft, and it does not belong to Intel,’ Wong said. ‘It belongs to all participants. They cannot make the decision for all of us. That is the problem.'”

MacDailyNews Take: If you don’t like it, use another operating system or make your own. Windows is an anachronism.

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  1. I wonder how the sale of MS “Surface” table-ets is going?! Will those manufacturers get first bite at building something a wee bit smaller? Will it come in under $5 to 10 Grand?!

  2. “They cannot make the decision for all of us.”

    When it comes to Windows for tablets, absolutely they can. It’s their OS.

    Can’t believe I just defended Microsoft.

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