Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

Summary: Add Samsung to the list of companies that are planning to launch Windows 8 PCs and tablets in the second half of 2012.

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Add another PC maker to the list of those readying Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

Samsung Electronics Co. officials told Bloomberg this week that they'll have Windows 8 touch-centric PCs in the market in the second half of next year.  Models will include at least one offering that will be a modified version of the Samsung Series 7 that currently runs Windows 7, Samsung officials said.

Asustek officials recently told analysts that the company will have Windows 8 tablets out in the third quarter of 2012, at least some of which will be ARM-based. HP also has said it is working on Windows 8 tablets and Dell is rumored to be targeting Q3 2012 for their Windows 8 tablet drop.

Microsoft officials still have not stated officially when Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing and/or available on new PCs. Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky said earlier this year that Microsoft is on track to release Windows 8 two to three years after Windows 7's launch. But Sinofsky & Co. have declined to provide public dates for the single Windows 8 beta, the Release Candidate and/or the release-to-manufacturing milestones for the product.

(Many Microsoft watchers are expecting Microsoft to launch the Windows 8 beta at the January 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. I have heard from some of my contacts that the beta may launch slightly after CES. And don't forget the rumor that there could be new Windows tablets from one or more OEMs preloaded with the Windows 8 beta bits...)

If you want/need more evidence as to Windows 8 being a second half of 2012 deliverable, there's also this chart from Microsoft's own Patterns & Practices team (which Deep Fried Bytes' Chris Woodruff noticed and tweeted recently):

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The P&P team is aiming to develop their Windows 8 guidance documents for building immersive Windows 8 Metro-style apps using HTML5, JavaScript, XAML, C++ and C# over the first six months of next year.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Samsung, Software

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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: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

    "Add another PC maker to the list of those readying Windows 8 PCs and tablets and also paying M$ patent royalties."<br><br>This was a part of the NDA they signed with M$. Nothing to see here. Don't believe the hype.
    Return_of_the_jedi
    • LOL!

      @Return_of_the_jedi
      Why are you Linux fanboys so worried?
      William Farrell
      • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

        @William Farrell

        <i>" ... worried?"</i>

        Only if the <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/microsoft-tries-to-block-linux-off-windows-8-pcs/9572" target="_blank">rumors</a> on the Internets are true.
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • What rumors?

        That Linux is just a hack OS? There lots of rumors on the Internet and most are laughable.
        Bruizer
      • You MUST be worried

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        Seem's you're alway one of teh first to throw out a derogatory comment in refernce to anything MS related.

        Says's alot about your fear level, which is odd given MS, Apple, ect just mnake technology.

        You make it out as though they're literally out to steal your children.
        William Farrell
    • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

      @Return_of_the_jedi Not new, just making it official, there is a difference.
      hayneiii@...
    • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

      @Return_of_the_jedi So? Did you know that microsoft have to pay royalties too? In fact most manufacturing companies have to.
      TechsUK
  • any news on...

    Nokia???

    I read somewhere that Elop said that Windows 8 presents interesting opportunities (not sure if he said - for Nokia). But I would really love to see a Nokia slate.
    fabulous_fadz
    • any news on...

      @fabulous_fadz

      Nokia??? You mean Nokidding???
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

        @Return_of_the_jedi
        No he meant Nidoking.
        vahnx
      • Try to get a life.

        You're just a nuisance.
        adornoe
    • Nokia

      I'd be very surprised if Nokia doesn't end up betting on Win 8 for a coming tablet, given their tight partnership with MS. But no official word (yet). MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • A Nokia WP7 phone and a Nokia Windows 8 Tablet

        @Mary Jo Foley <br><br>I truly love the design of the Lumia 800, but I suspect something even better than the 800 the first quarter in the US (FF Camera, Skype). A Nokia 900 this Spring, maybe? Match that with a Windows 8 tablet this Fall for XMas would be an awesome software/hardware duo!
        SmoothDouglas
    • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

      @fabulous_fadz Not sure if NOKIA wants to get their hands dirty with more windows stuff until their ROI on MS (NOKIA phones) shows some +ve signs
      krishnansriram
  • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

    The Samsung tablets they gave away at the Build conference were awesome. They had very cool accessories too. Based on their quality, I would think they will sell in the $1K range in the US, at least initially.
    Schoolboy Bob
    • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

      @Schoolboy Bob - Absolutely agree - I love my Sammy tablet. It's suprisingly powerful and extraordinarily usable. I'm using mine to write code, run Office, etc.

      I expect the versions that'll ship next year will include models running ARM chips and Intel's next-generation x64-based SOC, which will be great because the one down-site of the current tablet is that it struggles to get more then 3 hours' continual use on a single charge.
      bitcrazed
      • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

        @bitcrazed

        The Slate 7s are using i5 processors and get 6 - 7 hours.

        My Slate 500 gets 5 hours on a single charge.
        TheWerewolf
    • Prices are already out...

      @Schoolboy Bob

      The 64GB model is $1100 and the 128GB model is $1350 - that's right from Samsung's site.

      Although weirdly, the resellers on Amazon are claiming MSRP is $2000, selling at $1550+ and claiming we're 'saving' $400 when in fact they're overcharging by $300.
      TheWerewolf
  • bad jump

    HP will crash because of it!
    The Linux Geek
  • RE: Samsung jumps on the 'Windows 8 in second half of 2012' bandwagon

    I cant wait when windows phone 8 comes next year it going to blow away apple and google. Weap and cry apple trolls and google.
    ipadsucks