Morgan Stanley tablet roadmap appear to confirm Q1 2012 Windows 8 tablets


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tablet_roadmap_dell_thumbA leaked slide for analyst company Morgan Stanley appear to confirm that Windows 8 tablets based in ARM chipsets are expected to arrive only in Q1 2012.

This is consistent with  leaked roadmap from Dell which indicated the same thing, and is likely what Microsoft is telling their partners.

Windows8beta reports on a comment from Michael Gartenberg, an analyst for research firm Gartner, who  said“If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle. It’s not a good position to be in. [….] Battle lines are being drawn, land is being grabbed, users are being evangelized and spending money” , so Microsoft has to rely on HP Slate and Asus Eee Slate which runs on Windows 7 until Windows 8 for tablets is released.

On the other hand Microsoft has a history of coming from behind by winning by providing increased functionality and compatibility, with recent examples being the netbook arena. Whether Microsoft can leverage this strategy into a win on this occasion remains to be seen.

Thanks Vipul for the tip.

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