“Acer Inc., Toshiba Corp. and Asustek Computer Inc. will unveil tablets running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system next week, people with knowledge of the matter said, challenging the dominance of Apple Inc.’s iPad,” Ian King, Dina Bass and Tim Culpan report for Bloomberg. “Acer will display a tablet based on Microsoft’s new software at the Computex show in Taipei, while Toshiba will show a tablet and a notebook-type device, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. Asustek will present tablets with detachable keyboards similar to its current Transformer model, the people said.”
“The annual Computex show provides a forum for the computer industry to tout its wares before the typical increase in second-half demand. Computer makers allied with Microsoft will use this year’s event to highlight a long-awaited response to the iPad and machines that run Google Inc.’s Android operating system, which together have 91 percent of the tablet market,” King, Bass and Culpan report. “Microsoft plans to show off Asustek devices in a presentation by Vice President Steven Guggenheimer at the show on June 6, said one person familiar with the company’s plans. The show provides the first airing of tablet hardware that Microsoft intends to use to narrow Apple’s lead in the tablet market.”
King, Bass and Culpan report, “The June 5-9 Taipei show will highlight a limited number of ARM-based devices as Microsoft seeks to ensure that when Windows 8 is released later this year, the products will stand up to comparisons with the iPad. The limited debut will be followed by a second wave of computer and phone makers lined up for next year, two of the people said.”
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