Dell, Samsung, Lenovo, Asustek to make Windows RT ‘iPad killers’ as Toshiba cancels

“Microsoft Corp. named four PC makers that will offer devices using its new operating system tailored for ARM Holdings Plc technology. Toshiba Corp. canceled plans to make the devices because of delays in getting components,” Dina Bass and Ian King report for Bloomberg.

Dell Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Lenovo Group Ltd. and Asustek Computer Inc. will make computers using Windows RT, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in its first disclosure of which companies will support the platform,” Bass and King report. “Toshiba, which had intended to use processors from Texas Instruments Inc., didn’t name the parts facing shortages.”

Bass and King report, “Microsoft, seeking to erode Apple Inc.’s dominance in the market for mobile phones and tablets, will release its next Windows platforms in October, with its RT version based on the same chip technology from ARM used in iPads and iPhones. Toshiba said it will focus on devices using Windows 8, which operates on x86 technology utilized by Intel Corp. (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in chips for desktop and notebook computers.”

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  1. Planning to dethrone Apple’s iPad…. Why? What’s wrong with the iPad? What’s the massive usage model Apple ignored? Apple’s TV ads portray the device as the hero… What will Windows RT be the hero for?

  2. I don’t quite understand why the media is always happily looking for another tablet to take the iPad down or kill it. Consumers are buying the iPad of their own free will. It’s not like they don’t have a choice. No one is forcing them to buy the iPad. Consumers like the iPad because it’s a very good device and it’s backed by Apple’s well-known customer service. For the media to always be looking for some inferior device to replace the iPad, makes no sense at all. Clearly, most consumers are not looking or even asking for a substitute iPad. How is that helping the consumer? I often wonder what sort of agenda these media people have.

    1. It seem to me that most media people are of a liberal bent and their sense of “fairness” is offended by outstanding individual success, even when richly deserved. They are gratified by winners being “knocked down a peg” in their pursuit of “equality of outcome.”

  3. Keep in mind that Apple licensed some iOS IP to MSFT. with a limitation that MSFT (or its partners) could not manufacture look-alike products.

    Now look at the lineup that just abandoned Android in favor of Win RT.

    I think this (license) is part of Apple’s grand scheme to marginalize Google/Android. I also think its brilliant.

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