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June 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

HP won’t be making ARM-based Windows RT tablets initially

Hewlett-Packard will not initially be making ARM-based Windows tablets when Microsoft launches its new version of Windows, expected later this year, according to a Bloomberg report.

HP, however, will be making Windows 8 tablets based on x86 chips, such as those made by Intel and AMD, Bloomberg reports.

Microsoft is releasing two versions of Windows 8 to run on tablets.

Windows 8 runs on x86 chips, the same chips that power most desktops and laptops, and will be backwards compatible with Windows 7 apps.

Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 that will run on devices using ARM-based chips. Chips based on ARM architecture power many of today’s mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets such as the iPad. ARM-design chips consume less energy and thus offer users longer battery life. Windows RT will not be backwards compatible with Windows 7 apps.

HP’s decision to focus on Windows 8, but not Windows RT, tablets at launch “marks a setback for ARM, which from the outset won’t have its technology in Windows tablets sold by the largest maker of personal computers,” Bloomberg reports. “It also indicates Microsoft wasn’t able to get one of its biggest partners to line up behind a strategy of introducing multiple operating systems.”

Could it be that HP is reaction to Microsoft’s announcement earlier this month that — for the first time — it will be producing its own Windows computing devices?

Microsoft plans to market its own ARM-based tablet — Surface for Windows RT, as well as its own x86-based tablet — Surface for Windows 8 Pro.

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