We still don't know exactly when Microsoft
That hasn't stopped Microsoft's hardware partners from announcing products based on the new software.
But these aren't launch-day partner systems for Microsoft. Two of the HP models will reach stores "for the holidays," and the third misses Black Friday with a December launch date.
Unlike HP, Dell is aiming to have these systems for sale "when Windows 8 is available at the end of October."
And then there's Samsung. Still licking its wounds from a huge courtroom smackdown at the hands of Apple
The just-announced ATIV line includes both tablets and smartphones, just like Samsung's Android-based Galaxy brand. I'd expect a slew of laptops later on, but Sammy hasn't unveiled any of those, yet.
These are seriously high-end devices, but the company said nothing about launch dates or pricing. These products could prove very timely, as Samsung's Android gadgets are in danger of getting slapped with import bans. I'd expect them to launch on the soonish side, given Samsung's legal challenges. This makes the ATIV gadgets a good litmus test for Microsoft's mobile ambitions -- if the world's leading smartphone wrangler can't sell this platform with some serious marketing motivation at its back, then nobody will.
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