Word on the street is that AT&T, which is growing its 4G LTE footprint, will be showcasing a Microsoft tablet that is running Windows 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show. While Microsoft had previously demoed Windows 8 on a reference Samsung tablet, this tablet that is speculated to be hawked by AT&T will be powered by a Qualcomm-made ARM processor, rather than the Intel Core i5 CPU on the Samsung device shown last year to Windows developers, and will come with 4G LTE.
It’s interesting that Microsoft has gotten AT&T on board at this early stage in the game, considering the carrier has enjoyed a close relationship with iPad and has been the sole launch partner and carrier for the iPhone and iPad for some time before Verizon, and now Sprint, has entered the game.
AT&T has also worked closely in the past with Microsoft. It is the biggest carrier advocate of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and has the most Windows Phone 7 devices in its portfolio compared to other carriers.
Windows 8 is not only the first version of Windows that will be compatible with ARM chipsets–prior editions only worked on x86 architecture–but the OS will also be the first that’s been optimized for touch. Microsoft had borrowed elements from its Windows Phone 7 platform, including the Metro UI, to make Windows 8 more touch-friendly.
The OS is expected to be available for consumer consumption later this year. A developer preview is now available.
Via: Microsoft News