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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 4, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Windows 8 expected to have big presence at Computex

Microsoft’s Windows 8 is expected to have a big presence at Computex, the big annual trade show that starts Tuesday in Taipei.

Various companies are expected to show off hardware featuring Windows 8, the forthcoming radical overhaul of the Windows operating system.

Ahead of Computex, Acer today announced that it will launch new ultrabook and tablet designs featuring Windows 8. The company also said it has no plans to launch non-tablet devices using ARM-design processors, according to Reuters.

Microsoft is launching essentially two versions of its redesigned operating system: Windows 8, which will run on Intel x86 processor architecture and be more PC-like with backwards compatibility with older Windows apps; and Windows RT, which will run on ARM-design chips commonly used in mobile devices and not have backwards compatibility.

Microsoft’s goal is to have both Windows 8 PCs, tablets and hybrids of the two, as well as Windows RT tablets, ready to launch at the same time, though the first wave of ARM-based Windows RT tablets will be small in number.

Asus, meanwhile, on Monday, became one of the first manufacturers to show off a Windows RT tablet running on an ARM processor — the Asus Tablet 600, according to IDG News.

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