Digitimes: Windows 8 by end September 2011, HP on board

ballmermetrotabletWe do not know if Digitimes is in the habit of playing April’s Fool day jokes, but the company is predicting an unbelievably aggressive schedule for delivery of Windows 8.

Claiming industry sources from Taiwan-based touch panel and notebook makers, they claim HP is set to release Inventec ODM’ed tablet PC’s running Microsoft’s new OS as soon as the end of September or October 2011.

Apparently stung by Apple taking 12% of the laptop market with the iPad in Q 4 2010, Microsoft has been working aggressively to speed up its development for the tablet segment, the sources noted.

Windows 8 is currently being distributed to OEMs in early beta form, leading to leaks which have given mere tastes of the OS and left us wanting a lot more.

Noting that the move to ARM has in fact accelerated development, it seems however it was more dollars which convinced HP to bet on Microsoft again.

Digitimes notes that Microsoft is willing to offer “strong” financial and technical support to OEMs who agree to distribute Windows 8 tablets, a strategy Microsoft is also using with Windows Phone 7.

Digitimes expects HP’s example will lead to the OS being adopted on tablets by other notebook vendors also.

Read more at Digitimes here.

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