3/20/2012 1:01:21 PM
Dell turns to Windows 8 for new tablet
Dell is planning to use Windows 8 to re-enter the tablet market later this year with a new device.
The manufacturer cancelled its attempt to enter the tablet market last year when it halted development of its Android-powered Streak device. However, Dell said it is encouraged by the touch interface that features in Microsoft's new Windows 8 platform and is turning its attention to that operating system.
Dell CCO Steve Felice said: 'We're very encouraged by the touch capability we are seeing in the beta versions of Windows 8.
'We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven't announced yet. You'll see some announcements...for the back half of the year. We don't think that this market is closed off in any way.'
Dell is the third largest computer manufacturer after HP and Lenovo. Felice told Reuters he felt Dell's relationship with businesses could give it a competitive advantage over Apple in the tablet sector. He said: 'On the commercial side there are a lot of concerns about security, interoperability, systems and device management, and I think Dell is in the best position to meet those.'
Editor: Graeme Neill