Things are looking really bleak for HTC, which is going through a rough patch of a few quarters despite having some pretty good products. After announcing it will miss its revenue targets in the June quarter, Bloomberg is reporting more bad news for the Taiwanese smartphone vendor. Microsoft has reportedly barred HTC from making ARM-based Windows 8 tablets. More →
Ever since Microsoft announced Windows 8 compatible with chipsets based on ARM architecture there has been a lot of confusion around what will and won't work on it as compared to Windows 8 on x86. Microsoft has finally spilled some of the details before it does a consumer preview of Windows 8 later this month. First and foremost, Microsoft has made it clear that consumers won't be able to buy Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) independent of the hardware - it will come pre-installed on hardware from OEMs, which will use chipsets from Qualcomm, nVidia or Texas Instruments. However, the software will get periodic updates over its lifetime.
Partners will provide WOA PCs as integrated, end-to-end products that include hardware, firmware, and Windows on ARM software. Windows on ARM software will not be sold or distributed independent of a new WOA PC, just as you would expect from a consumer electronics device that relies on unique and integrated pairings of hardware and software. Over the useful lifetime of the PC, the provided software will be serviced and improved.Read on for more details... More →
Microsoft had announced the hardware specifications for Windows 8 tablets back in December. However the 293 page long guide failed to draw attention of the techies worldwide until yesterday when Within Windows pointed out a few important specifications. All Windows 8 tablets or convertible PCs (laptop-tablet hybrids) must have 5 hardware buttons: power, rotation lock, volume up, volume down and a Windows key. All device should also support a minimum of 5 touch points at a time. Hit the break to continue reading... More →