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Windows 8 – what tablets can we expect?

Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft, has been let loose as a Release Preview in 14 different languages from today.

This is the final pre-release before the Release to Manufacturing, which is expected in July. There is no confirmed date for general availability, but we don’t expect it to be too far off.

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to bring itself well and truly up-to-date. The computer giant is taking a risk with the OS, but it is one that is absolutely necessary.

Microsoft has been the king of the computer world for a generation. But that world is starting to change, and Microsoft is in danger of losing its crown.

It’s unlikely that the world’s computer users will stop using Windows at home and at work, but with more and more of us going mobile, Microsoft needs to do something.

Windows 8 is that something – an OS that will satisfy traditional Windows users, but also be able to compete as a mobile OS.

With the OS is expected come a number of tablets, and rumours abound that manufacturers are gearing up to unveil Windows 8 devices at the Computex trade show in Taipei next week. So what can we expect?

Asus Windows 8 tablet

According to reports, innovative tech manufacturer Asus is to unveil a number of tablets running Windows 8. Like the Transformer Prime, the tablets will feature a detachable keyboard.

Not only that, but the devices on display will be powered by different chips. One will be based on a Tegra chip, while another will run an Intel chip – to demonstrate differences between a Windows tablet running on ARM and one on Intel technologies.

Toshiba Windows 8 tablet

Toshiba is yet to really make waves in the tablet world, despite giving us some pretty decent devices. So could a Windows 8 tablet be the device to propel it to mobile device stardom?

Toshiba is rumoured to be unveiling a tablet-cum-notebook, which will run on a Texas Instruments processor.

Acer Windows 8 tablet

Also expected at the Computex trade show, which starts next week, is a Windows 8 tablet from Acer. Unlike the devices from Toshiba and Asus, it looks like Acer’s device will be a standard tablet.

Nothing wrong with that of course – Acer has already given us some impressive mobile devices. The tablet is due to run on an Intel chip.

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