With Microsoft releasing its newest operating system, Windows 8, by the second half of 2012, various hardware manufacturers are now preparing to release products that will coincide with Microsoft’s product release.
Two big manufacturers that are planning to launch products that will coincide with the Windows 8 release are Acer and Lenovo. There are talks that these two manufacturers are preparing to release Windows 8 enabled tablets powered by Intel processors by the third quarter of this year. According to reports, both manufacturers will be using a new Intel mobile processor. The new processor, with the codename Clover Trail, has been specifically designed to work with smartphones and tablets using the Android mobile operating system.
The new tablets are expected to be backward compatible with Windows 7 applications, a feature that has been promised by Windows 8. The Intel processors being used for these tablets also lend strength to the backward compatibility feature. But there will also be tablets that will be powered by ARM processors and these will not have backward compatibility.
Both Acer and Lenovo are really hard at work trying to break into the tablet market with their Android-based tablet products. But so far, these two haven’t had any kind of significant success with their efforts yet. At this point, both Acer and Lenovo may be thinking that the new Windows 8 may be a great opportunity for them to gain leverage in the tablet market, which is still being dominated by Apple’s iPad and, lately, the Amazon Kindle Fire.