HP to Focus on Business Windows 8 Tablets, Scraps Windows RT ARM Slate Plans

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it has shelved plans for releasing a consumer-focused Windows RT tablet that will run on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor and instead will be focusing its efforts on a business-centric slate running Intel’s x86 architecture.”I can confirm that at HP, we continue to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products,” an HP spokesperson says. “However, our first Win 8 tablet will be on the x86 platform focused on the business market.


Running its first Windows 8 slate on Intel’s platform will help HP allow its customers to drive legacy applications as Windows RT, an ARM-specific release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system for that chipset architecture, will not allow backwards-compatibility with older software.

“The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future,” HP says.

News of HP’s withdrawal at this time from the Windows RT market comes by way of PC Mag

News of HP’s decision comes just after Microsoft had announced that it will be entering the hardware space with its own tablets called the Surface. It’s unclear at this time if Microsoft’s announcement had any impact on HP’s decision. Following Microsoft’s announcement, there were chatter that Microsoft was forced to enter the hardware space with its own branded Surface tablets since the HP Slate 500 did not do well and Microsoft could not rely on hardware partners to deliver its strategy.


HP’s rival Dell is still rumored to release its own Windows RT slate this fall.