Microsoft was the first player in the tablet market having launched its prototype tablet years ahead of Apple. Well it was possibly the wrong timing then and the project somehow never materialized. Three years after Apple successfully launched the iPad and is having solid sales for the iPad, Microsoft is said to be launching it’s own tablet, call it the “iPad Killer”. It is expected that this tablet will run Windows RT (a version of Windows 8).
With a reputation to have more flexible licensing that caters not just to top tier, we shall await to see how the Microsoft tablet (if launched) and other tablets running Window RT will perform in the tablet market.
As a follow up we covered a story about Window 8, coming to the tablets with extract here below
Tablets running windows 8 are slated to arrive on market in 2012. There will be 4 versions of windows 8 with one of the biggest difference being if they run on ARM processors or Intel processors. Versions for Intel are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise. Windows RT is the official name for the version designed to run on low-powered ARM processors, which are used in a lot of tablets today.
Entry-level Windows 8 tablets are expected to be under $300 and high-end models, with specs comparable to the latest iPad will cost around $1,000 which pricing will enable Microsoft to compete the iPad and Android tablets. The flexible pricing is good for developing markets where more affordable tablets devices are needed.
Will it be the iPad Killer? Well we can only tell once it is on market.