I had to laugh when I read today that OEMs are planning to produce more Wintel tablets this fall than WARM (Windows on ARM)…
Digitimes – “The number of Windows 8-based tablet PC models that feature Intel’s platform is expected to reach 32 by the end of 2012 with number of models that feature ARM platform to only reach eight, mainly because few players such as Asustek Computer, Acer and Lenovo are also manufacturing ARM-based models to avoid missing the market, according to sources from notebook makers.”
HOOO! HA! ROFL! It’s going to be another train-wreck, in slow motion too. The world has dozens of tablets running iOS and Android/Linux. Will consumers even find one running “8″ in the clutter on retail shelves?
“while Windows on ARM (WoA) platforms, due to Qualcomm, Texas Instruments (TI) and Nvidia all suffering from R&D personnel shortages, and ARM’s compatibility issues with Windows software, may not be launched until the first quarter of 2013. “
HAHAHA! Imagine another year with Android/Linux racing ahead brilliantly. M$ will be behind several laps by the time it starts. Android/Linux can bring products to market almost instantly in comparison because Linux works on ARM and has for ages. Writers for drivers in Linux are almost a commodity. Chuckle. If the hardware problems are not a big enough obstacle for M$, what about many millions in installed base and thousands of “apps”? HOO! HEE! Expect a lot of bad quarters from now on.
One more thing, price: “The sources also believe that Wintel-based tablet PCs will have a great chance to enter the enterprise PC industry, but price will be the biggest weakness of the devices as Wintel tablet PCs are likely to be priced above US$599 and may even reach US$799.” They are not even trying to compete on price/performance and they are supposedly “entering” the most competitive market in all of IT… The mind boggles at the scope of the pending disaster. How will Steve B keep his job with so much mud on his face? 2012 will blow away records for tablets shipped in 2011 and M$ will be a no-show.
The fallout from all this will be that Android/Linux tablets will become the norm in 2012 and ARMed devices will be abundant to take Android/Linux. Intel tablets will need huge batteries to last more than a few hours, also raising the costs. GNU/Linux will be available to offset their higher hardware costs… Love it. Wintel is feeding the fire of */Linux. Using the opponent’s weight to the opponent’s disadvantage is a winning strategy. The cloud will slurp up a huge market from Wintel this year and next.