Just when you thought Hewlett-Packard
Last year, HP dipped its toes into an ARM-based server offering, using chips from ARM licensee Calxeda. It was a small win for the British chip designer, while HP is naturally a major Intel customer, putting its processors in most of its PCs.
HP has now said that its first batch of tablets running Microsoft
Windows RT won't support legacy applications beyond mainstays like Office, so application availability could be a hurdle for the ARM-based Windows platform to take off. That and having the largest PC maker in the world pass for now also won't help.
HP said that the decision to stick with x86 was made before Mr. Softy's subversive unveiling of its own Surface tablet earlier this month, putting the two longtime partners in direct competition with one another on hardware. HP and Microsoft have had their fair share of troubles collaborating on tablets in the past. Somsak said HP will be going after the enterprise market first with the device.
On the other hand, Dell
One thing's for certain: Dell and HP both desperately need to get their tablet strategies up to speed. And by "up to speed," I mean "into existence."
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