We already know that the Windows RT version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet will make its retail debut on October 26, the same day as Windows 8’s global release, but surprisingly not a lot is known about third-party devices running the ARM-friendly flavor of Windows at this stage, with the Asus Tablet 600 being about the only confirmed third-party Windows RT device as of now. Now, Microsoft is requesting just a bit more patience from those currently holding their breath, as other vendors are expected to unveil their Windows RT offerings very soon.
Confirming ARM-based Windows RT PCs from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung in a blog post on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft said that details about these upcoming tablets would be trickling out into the open before the launch of Windows 8 in late October. This is in line with a recent rumor which claimed that the Windows RT tablet market would initially be restricted to only a handful of top-tier PC vendors.
The recent unveiling of the Surface may not have gone down too well with PC vendors, who are understandably none too pleased at the prospect of having to partner and compete with Microsoft at the same time, but the Redmond-based technology behemoth describes its engineering collaboration with PC vendors on these Windows RT devices as being “strong.”
“Windows RT represents a significant re-imagining of not only Windows, but Windows PCs and how we partner together to engineer them,” wrote Mike Angiulo, vice president of the Ecosystem and Planning team at Microsoft, in a blog post Monday. “The deep engineering collaborations from the Silicon and component manufacturers through to our PC partners and Windows engineering team have provided a compelling suite of exciting new Windows PCs that deliver on the promise of fast and fluid, always on and always connected, thin and light, and all-day battery life. We are looking forward to the exciting announcements ahead from Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung.”