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Acer holds off Windows RT tablet launch

Posted: 02 Nov 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows RT  Surface tablet  ARM 

According to a Reuters report, Acer Inc. is holding off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's Windows RT operating system�the first version of Windows to run on ARM-based chips.

According to the report, Acer initially planned to launch Windows RT tablets with ARM-based chips early next year. But the OEM pushed out the launches until at least the second quarter of 2013 to see how Microsoft's Surface tablet fares, according to the report.

The Reuters report quoted Jim Wong, Acer president, saying the firm is being more cautious in light of Surface, which has drawn mixed reviews.

The success of Windows RT—the first version of Windows to run on anything other than chips built on Intel Corp.'s X86 architecture—is being closely watched by PC and tablet makers, as well as the chip makers that make the ARM-based chips that can run it—Texas Instruments Inc., Nvidia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc.

Also Tuesday (Oct. 30), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft has sold more than 40 lakh upgrades to Windows 8 since the new OS was launched Oct. 26. Ballmer reportedly said that preliminary demand for Windows 8 was higher than it had been for Windows 7.

- Dylan McGrath
  EE Times

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