Dell revealed this week that they are encouraged by Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet offering.
Speaking during Dell’s Q2, 2011 earnings call, Dell CEO Michael Dell said the company’s work on Windows 8 tablets was “pretty encouraging.” Dell has been a long time advocate of Microsoft’s operating systems and has released a number of touch enabled devices. Dell’s Inspiron Duo is a hybrid device that allows users to switch between netbook and tablet modes. The unique netbook has a spinning screen that allows it to be used as a tablet. The company also teased a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet earlier this year.
Dell also revealed that he sees the tablet market as a two horse race between Android and Windows 8:
“We’re still quite interested in Android. I’ll also tell you that our early work on Windows 8 on the tablet side looks to be pretty encouraging. And so, we think it’s shaping up to be a competitive environment. I don’t think beyond those 2 that there are viable alternatives that make sense. So there’s a lot of other noise out there in the market that I don’t think will amount to much of anything.”
Dell’s tablet plans leaked earlier this year, indicating that the company was planning a Windows 8 based tablet codenamed “Peju” for release in early 2012. Microsoft previously unveiled its Windows 8 user interface for tablet based PCs at the All Things Digital’s D9 conference in June. The interface will include the following:
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.