Windows 8 Tablet Devices May Be Delayed

Last Thursday, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and its OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partners presented the first wave of new tablets based on Intel processors including the new Atom processor Z2760.

Featured were devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Samsung and ZTE.

Conventional wisdom has been that these tablets would start to appear on the market around October 26th. But today reports are surfacing that indicate that many of these devices may be delayed.

Reportedly the culprit this time is Intel which has not produced the power-management software needed to keep its new chip from being a power hog. As a result Microsoft has not approved any tablets using this chip.

As noted in some of our earlier articles, Intel is beginning to take the mobile device market seriously and this is a big step.

Intel is touting the wide range of designs available from so many manufacturers, their Window 8 operating system, long battery life, and new features; and support for millions of existing applications and a full range of devices and other peripherals.

As you might expect, Intel is focused on the corporate market as well consumers. These Intel-based devices offer security and manageability features and easily integrate into enterprise IT systems. They can also run Windows desktop applications along with new apps.

Finally, Intel pointed out its involvement with software developers to help “provide the best experience possible for applications running on Intel-based devices”.

But if today’s reports are true, it may take Intel a little longer than expected to be a big player in the tablet market.

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