Microsoft limits Windows 8 RT tablet makers to select few

Microsoft limits Windows 8 RT tablet makers to select few
The first wave of Windows 8 RT tablets won’t be as huge as you might have thought, but comes with the promise of quality arising from the strict control and careful selection of vendors by Microsoft. Not everyone will get a license to build a Windows 8 RT tablet initially.

So far Microsoft has agreed to work with three chip makers - Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. And each of those three companies was allowed to team up with only up to two tablet makers for the final products.

Nvidia is partnering with Asus and Lenovo, Texas Instruments will work with Toshiba nad Qualcomm got the biggest companies - Samsung and HP. Hewlett-Packard however cancelled its initial plans for Windows 8 RT tablets, so now Dell is allegedly in the process of replacing it.

We’ll see how the work has gone on October 26th when the first wave of devices will hit us. Only later in January 2013, Microsoft will grant licenses to more companies.

source: China Times via Unwired View



1. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Toshiba and ??? nokia...i really wanna see nokia there....

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

burp .

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Nokia is on a different wavelength due to the agreement with Microsoft.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Don't be too sure of that. Just because they have a seemingly-close relationship as far as phones go doesn't mean it extends to tablets. Windows denied one of its oldest allies in HTC because of their "lack of experience" in making tablets, and Nokia has even less. Also, with the exception of Apple and Samsung, it looks like phone manufacturers should stick to phones, and tablet manufacturers should stick to tablets, as their respective forays into each others' territory hasn't historically come off too well. LG, Motorola, HTC, and Sony all have pretty much failed to attract attention to their tablets, and Toshiba, HP, and ASUS haven't done much of anything as far as phones go. At any rate, most recent reports suggested that Nokia was going to wait until at least 2013 to move into the tablet market, and that's apparently when MS is widening the door anyways.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Interesting perspective. +1 on the good observations.

2. dawolf

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Victor H. - 3rd paragraph 'and' spelt 'nad'.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Microsoft probably wants the leading PC or tablet makers the first crack at it for a better initial experience. They dont want shovelware makers like Archos on board until consumers accept Windows 8.

8. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I am hoping one of these manufacturers make a 8" slate tablet! If not; I am pushed to go with the mini iPad that is coming out on the 23rd! I will wait till November to buy but the 10" and 11" models are just to bulky and heavy for my needs. 8" is just perfect!

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