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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.

July 9, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Samsung planning Windows RT tablet?

The fact that Microsoft announced last month that it would be producing its own branded tablets apparently isn’t stopping Samsung from plans to produce a Windows RT tablet, according to Bloomberg.

Citing “people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg reported that Samsung will release the tablet when the Windows RT operating system debuts — which a source said would be in October.

Windows RT is essentially the version of Windows 8 that will run on ARM-based processors, which power most smartphones and tablets these days. Windows 8 will power devices — including PCs and tablets — running on x86 chips made by Intel and AMD.

Windows RT is the first version of Windows designed to run on processors from Texas Instruments, Nvidia and Qualcomm based on ARM architecture.

In addition to producing its own branded tablet, Microsoft needs to get its manufacturing partners on board in producing Windows RT tablets as well as Windows 8 tablets, in order to mount a good challenge to Apple’s iPad, which runs on the power-sipping ARM-based processors.

Last month, Hewlett Packard said it won’t be making Windows RT tablets — at least initially — though it would make Windows 8 tablets.

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