AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

Summary: At a pre-CES developer conference, AT&T and Qualcomm execs are going to be talking up LTE-charged Windows 8 tablets.

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It's already well established that AT&T seems to be Microsoft's best friend among the four U.S. carriers for Windows Phone. It looks like AT&T is gunning to be a friend to Microsoft on the Windows 8 tablet front, too.

As Makram Daou blogged on the MobileTechWorld.com site, AT&T is holding a Developer Summit on January 8 and 9 in Las Vegas, right before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off there. And on its agenda is a Windows 8 tablet session that will focus on Snapdragon-powered Windows 8 tablets that work on 4G LTE wireless networks.

A Metro Style Hemi™ – Windows 8 tablets super charged with 4G LTE – 3:30 – 4:15

Attend this session and see how to transform the higher speed and lower latency of LTE into an amazing user experience. First, learn from Qualcomm about the power of their Snapdragon chip, and how developers can tap into the Snapdragon Developer Program to create rich Windows 8 apps that help deliver differentiated consumer experiences that capitalize on LTE’s potential. Then see how the intuitive elegance of Windows 8?s Metro-style application design has been layered over this horsepower. Finally, hear how standalone applications can be transformed on this powerful platform, converting independent programs into streamlined, integrated live tiles. Opportunities abound in this session for developers of connected apps; discover how AT&T and Microsoft are working to make developing connected applications easier.

The speakers are AT&T's Jon Sharp, who is part of a team managing third-party development partner relationships for all device types, including USB data cards, netbooks, notebooks and tablets; and Lauren Thorpe, Senior director of developer relations for Qualcomm.

There is no one from Microsoft listed as a speaker for the Windows 8 tablet session, but its description does say: "Discover how AT&T and Microsoft are working to make developing connected applications easier." I'm thinking that this may have something to do with the Windows 8 contracts functionality, which includes device sharing as one of the targeted categories. It obviously also may have to do with carriers offering Windows 8 tablets to customers who sign a different kind of contract (a dataplan contract), too.

As MobileTechWorld's Daou notes, Hemi is actually a Chrysler trademark for their V8 hemispherical engines -- so the session title is perhaps just a play on that. Again, not entirely sure....

Microsoft is presenting a couple of other sessions at the AT&T devcon, including one on the Metro user interface/experience and another on Windows Azure as a platform for consumer-device connectivity.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets, AT&T

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

    AT&T provided a year's free cellular data for //BUILD attendees' Samsung tablets so I am not surprised to see them continue to associate themselves with the Win8 story as it continues to unfold.

    What'll be interesting to see is when the other carriers (worldwide) jump on the bandwagon too.
    bitcrazed
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @bitcrazed [i]AT&T provided a year's free cellular data for //BUILD attendees' Samsung tablets[/i] While it is a nice gesture, you should be thanking Microsoft, as they are footing the bill. Just a small question? How much were the tickets to BUILD?
      Rick_Kl
    • AT&T and the Build tablet

      Right! I forgot they were the ones who did that... It will be interesting which other carriers bite! And also -- if rumors of Win Phone 8 getting MinWin/Win core pan out -- what kind of deals the carriers offer for multiple devices (if any). Thanks. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

    Nobody wants a Windows tablet. Nobody.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=money+on+fire
    symbolset
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset
      I agree! I won't touch one even if it's free, unless I'm installing Linux on it.
      The Linux Geek
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset
      Hurry, someone tell the R&D people at Microsoft to stop working. Symbolset said no one is interested and Symbolet is never wrong.

      Sarcasism aside, I wouldn't say that I am going to run out and buy a windows tablet, but I would give it a fair chance as well as any other tablet, Andriod or Ipad. Fanboyism is for fools.
      Orangy
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset , but a Windows 8 Tablet is another story...
      Roque Mocan
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset *raises hand* I want one.
      dastopher
      • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

        @dastopher

        Me too. Well, actually, I want a convertible laptop/tablet. Is that what they're called? Where the keyboard pops off & you can then use it as a tablet?

        I'm still a bit confused about Windows Phone 8, though. Will it work with my existing Windows Phone 7? I guess we will find out soon enough.
        metromalenyc
    • Look at all those Android tablets taking up shelfspace

      @symbolset

      "you're gonna need a bigger shelf" :D
      William Farrel
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset
      Don't tell people that.. Cause after they build it.. Microsoft can say they sold 8M licenses.. Then the tablets will sit at walmart & best buy.

      Then that will lead to another znet article about why they won't move & it will give the MS supporters fuel saying it didn't do well because nobody talked about them..
      Anthony E
      • Why would Windows 8 tablets sit on shelves?

        @Anthony E
        Android is not doing well as it is viewed as an "iPad want-to-be", while Windows is more synonomous with tablets and computing then Android is.

        It will do better then Android I believe, though many an Android fan will claim it is because Android did not recieve a fair shake in the media.
        :|
        Tim Cook
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset Speak for yourself. I want one.
      tbar38547
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset - incorrect
      I see minimum 50 waiting for Windows 8 tablet in my close group, dont see any need to change from Windows ecosystem in place.... Windows Phone, Windows 7, Xbox-Kinect. All Windows machine will be upgraded to Windows 8, including my Quad-core gaming rig
      ninjacut
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset <br>I don't know about a Windows tablet, but I do know that nobody wants a carrier contract-tied tablet. Nobody. We have the low sales of contract tied Android tablets to bear this out. Apple wisely allowed users a month to month non-contract option, if customers wanted a 3G iPad.
      Theseus
      • Somebody?

        @Theseus - what nobody wants is to be told nobody wants something. Nobody. Anybody?
        scH4MMER
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @symbolset
      I want a Windows tablet. I do.
      kstap
  • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

    Can't wait for one! Hmm, I'm thinking upgrade my HTC Surround to Nokia Ace and Nokia Win8 tablet in the fall! w000t! Glad I'm on AT&T
    spaulagain2
    • RE: AT&T has a stake in Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, too

      @spaulagain Rumor has it the battery life is horrific. This should be interesting.
      symbolset
  • So fed up on Andr

    Android is as capable and stable as (or lower) Windows 3.1.

    I say that after I am forced to do hard reset several times just because of receiving errors that no one could help to solve.

    phone service crashed unexpectedly! whatever service crashed unexpectedly! and similar errors which appear every 5 seconds and do not even allow you to continue your work are a proof of that.

    In a new Saga, after installing software and setting up again, suddenly all the colors on the ssytem menu and software is messed up and Acrobar reader's red icon has become Blue!!! and no one even on xde-developers knows how to fix it! so another hard reset is needed and all software/data is gone.

    Is android a Joke?
    wmac1