Microsoft is preparing tighter controls on hardware for its Windows 8 tablet experience, according to reports.
Acer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang described the controls as “troublesome” during a speech at the Computex trade show in Taipei this week. “They’re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,” Wang said according to the Bloomberg news agency. Chip suppliers and PC makers “all feel it’s very troublesome,” he added. Wang would not identify the exact restrictions but Microsoft is understood to be creating a controlled experience similar to that of its Windows Phone range of devices.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer teased that the company is planning a unique approach to Windows 8 tablets. The software giant is working on a “unique contribution” to tablets according to Ballmer. “More news about that in the not-too-distant future,” he said during a speech last week. Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is expected to demonstrate the company’s efforts with Windows 8 this week. WinRumors exclusively detailed the company’s plans last week. Sinofsky is appearing at the All Things Digital D9 conference on Wednesday morning. The software giant confirmed Sinofsky’s appearance last week. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which will run from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. Microsoft will show a “technology preview” of its Windows 8 Tablet experience at the conference next week.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised Windows 8 PCs, Tablets and Slates next year during a speech last week. Several Taiwan based PC manufacturers have reportedly complained that they have been excluded from early Windows 8 development programs. The software giant has reportedly talked with Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD to seek their participation in a special Integrated Development Program for Windows 8. Some companies have complained to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan to seek government involvement.
Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.