The Blackberry Playbook has not exactly set the world on fire, selling only 200,000 in their last full quarter (even Windows Phone sells better than that!) Now a rumour, started by Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, is spreading that Quanta has halted production of the low-in-demand QNX-based tablet. In an investors note he said: “While Quanta last week acknowledged that it had laid off a significant number of production workers from a factory focused on producing the PlayBook, our research indicates that the ODM has essentially halted production of the tablet, Vinh wrote. “Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIMM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects.” RIM has called the rumour “pure fiction”, saying: “RIM doesn’t typically comment on rumors, but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.” Microsoft is planning to re-enter the tablet market ...

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IDC have commented on the tablet market, and while they note iPad will continue to dominate in the near future, they expect business to turn to Windows tablets, especially with the new user interface Windows 8 brings. They write: While the consumer segment remained the key target market, there is increasing interest from enterprises as well. But businesses are still evaluating the products and how they could incorporate non-Windows devices into their existing IT infrastructure, while the limited number of products available for the business space also contributed to constrain stronger commercial demand. . While the market will remain heavily focused on the consumer segment, expansion will also come from a change in end-user dynamics, as the ongoing product evaluation by businesses is expected to translate into an increasing number of media tablet shipments in the commercial segment as well. Tablets are seen as a major opportunity for several horizontal ...

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According to industry sage Eldar Murtazin HTC is working on a Qualcomm-powered Windows 8 tablet.  The predominantly Android company is already producing Android tablets, and is also rumoured to be set to unveil an Intel-powered Android device early next year. HTC has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and have already produced a Windows-powered netbook, the HTC Shift. Windows 8 ARM-powered tablets will not be able to run x86 desktop applications, but may have a version of Microsoft’s Office suite ported to it. Via Intomobile and BGR.com ...

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The Samsung tablet Microsoft handed out to developers at BUILD 2 days ago ran on an Intel Core i5 processor, and so far not much has been seen live of Windows 8 running on ARM. Thisismynext managed to catch a demo of Windows 8 running on Nvidia’s reference tablet running on a quad-core Kal-El processor and found that the performance was quite comparable to Intel’s Core i5 chip, at least when it came to the smoothness of the user interface. ARM devices are expected to run a lot cooler and last significantly longer than x86 chipset devices, at the expense of backward compatibility with legacy applications. Via thisismynext.com ...

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MyMicrosoftLife has noticed on Nokia’s upcoming events list that the company will also be attending BUILD.  The entry makes no reference to Windows Phone 7, and with rumours swirling a few months ago of Nokia making a Windows 8 tablet we can help think they are there for other reasons. ...

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The Android Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned in Germany Samsung’s Android tablet ambitions took an other knock in Germany today when the court there banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Presiding judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann said there was a "clear impression of similarity" between the Apple and the Samsung products, citing the "minimalist, modern form" of the two firms’ products, with flat screens and rounded edges. Samsung, who is appealing, said "We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany." While the ban only extends to Germany Samsung has problems elsewhere in Europe also. In the Netherlands, a court in the Hague banned three Samsung telephone models on August 24 following an Apple suit. Samsung launched a counter-claim, due to be heard by the same court on September 26. Apple is currently asking the ITC to block imports to the United ...

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Samsung’s Series 7 tablet announced recently Microsoft is expected to lift the shroud around Windows 8 fully next week at its BUILD conference, and there are strong rumours of a developer beta of the OS being released. However with Windows 8 also being a touch-centric tablet OS a software beta would be useless without some hardware to run it on.  According to Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source,  Microsoft will be handing out a Samsung-produced tablet running Windows 8 at conference. According to the source "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company’s first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices.” Samsung announced its Series 7 Windows 7 tablet at IFA last week, and its rumoured Windows 8 tablet may have the same form factor. BUILD runs from September 13-16. Via Yahoo.com ...

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Digitimes reports that OEMs are turning to Windows 8 and Intel chipsets for future tablets, after Android-powered tablets fail to catch on with consumers. Numerous OEMs have been disappointed with poor sales of non-iPad tablets, with Acer being the latest to cut sales forecasts by half. According to Digitimes vendors are blaming poor sales on the instability of Android and the compatibility issues found between Android 3.0 and 3.1. Digitimes state that Intel and Microsoft have revealed a roadmap for Intel-powered tablets with low cost, low power 5W CPUs and Windows 8 to start delivering devices in 2012.  Windows 8 promises to deliver a touch-friendly user experience while still preserving the full functionality of a PC, something buyers tend to demand with increased screen sizes. Read more at Digitimes here. ...

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We posted a rumour a few days ago, and now Bloomberg has confirmed, via 3 people “with knowledge of the company’s plans” that Microsoft will be showing of Windows 8 on tablets at AllthingD conference next week. The tablet will apparently be running on Nvidia’s ARM chips and will be presented by Steven Sinofsky is  at the All Things D conference, while Vice President Steve Guggenheimer will also address the Computex show in Taipei. It is rumoured that Windows 8 tablets may be released long before desktop Windows 8, with Digitimes recently suggesting these tablets could reach market even before the end of the year. Read more at Bloomberg here. ...

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Trying to drum up some excitement around the company, Microsoft is opening up their kimono quite a bit recently. The company will demonstrate Windows Phone 7.5 tomorrow, and is now expected to reveal the secret tablet UI of Windows 8 next week at the D: All Things Digital conference where the head of Windows and Windows Live Steven Sinofsky will be presenting. Winrumors suggests that Windows 8 for tablets may be released much earlier than Desktop Windows 8, which should allow Microsoft to get into the game much sooner than the normal desktop OS cycle would normally allow. The Windows 8 tablet UI is expected to be heavily inspired by Windows Phone 7, with heavy usage of the Metro paradigm. ...

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Intel’s Renée James has expounded more on Windows 8 and its relations to the chipsets and processors it will run on. "Windows 8 traditional", she said, will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy" x86-based Windows apps via a "Windows 7 mode" whereas "on ARM, there’ll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS." However while x86 Windows 8 devices will be able to partake of the “new mobile experience” while still having access to legacy apps, ARM devices will not. "We will also be able to run that [new] experience. So for an Intel user, we’ll kind of have the best of both worlds. So we think we’re extraordinarily well-positioned in Windows 8." "… our customers, or anyone who has an Intel-based or an x86-based product, will be able to run either Windows 7 ...

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The big mystery of how Windows 8 on ARM will maintain backwards compatibility with the massive legacy of Windows x86 applications has been answered – if we believe Intel it wont. Microsoft is currently developing Windows 8 for both Intel and the cheaper and lower-power ARM-based chipsets, and demonstrated both Windows and Word running on ARM chips earlier this year. Windows 8 on ARM will be targeted primarily at tablets, where power consumption is at a premium, but many have questioned the reason for porting Windows to ARM, when Microsoft already had Windows Embedded Compact 7 running on the chipset.  Application compatibility was assumed to be the main reason, but this left the mystery of how compatibility would be achieved. At Intel’s investor day today, Renee James, General Manager of the Software and Services & Group said they were working with Microsoft on both traditional Windows 8 for PCs running ...

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We 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 ...

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Click for large version A leaked slide for analyst company Morgan Stanley appear to confirm that Windows 8 tablets based in ARM chipsets are expected to arrive only in Q1 2012. This is consistent with  leaked roadmap from Dell which indicated the same thing, and is likely what Microsoft is telling their partners. Windows8beta reports on a comment from Michael Gartenberg, an analyst for research firm Gartner, who  said“If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle. It’s not a good position to be in. [....] Battle lines are being drawn, land is being grabbed, users are being evangelized and spending money” , so Microsoft has to rely on HP Slate and Asus Eee Slate which runs on Windows 7 until Windows 8 for tablets is released. On the other hand Microsoft has a history of coming from behind by ...

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A leaked wallpaper encouraging Microsoft developers not to … leak… Microsoft is ploughing forward with their plan to use a desktop OS as their tablet operating system, but that does not mean they are not up to the challenge. Their latest effort to make Windows 8 more like a mobile OS is the ability to restore the OS to factory settings, a life saver for many  a smartphone user in the past.  Apparently the process to restore the device will only take 2 minutes, and will not take up a massive amount of disk space. Likely related to this is the ability to install the whole OS in 3-8 minutes, rather than the 25 minute minimum required these days. Windows8beta also mention other features familiar to Windows Phone 8, like login using your Live ID, a multi-touch UI and a app store. Read more about these other features, which does ...

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