Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) named four PC makers that will offer devices using its new operating system tailored for ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology. Toshiba Corp. canceled plans to make the devices because of delays in getting components.
Dell Inc. (DELL), Samsung (005930) Electronics Co., Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) and Asustek Computer Inc. (2357) will make computers using Windows RT, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in its first disclosure of which companies will support the platform. Toshiba, which had intended to use processors from Texas Instruments Inc., didn’t name the parts facing shortages.
Microsoft, seeking to erode Apple Inc.’s dominance in the market for mobile phones and tablets, will release its next Windows platforms in October, with its RT version based on the same chip technology from ARM used in iPads and iPhones. Toshiba said it will focus on devices using Windows 8, which operates on x86 technology utilized by Intel Corp. (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in chips for desktop and notebook computers.
“Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,” Eric Paulsen, a spokesman in the U.S. for the Tokyo-based company, said in a statement without specifying the components. “We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions.”
The Windows RT operating system will be included in completed devices and won’t be sold separately, Microsoft said. The RT devices will join Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, its first-ever PC hardware, as the market for handheld products outpaces that for traditional desktop and laptop PCs.
Asustek, based in Taipei, showed Windows RT devices using Nvidia Corp.’s Tegra 3 processor at the Computex trade show in June while also announcing plans to release a Windows 8 notebook and tablet with Intel chips. People with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News in July that Samsung planned to release a Windows RT tablet when the software debuts.
Machines running the next version of Windows will go on sale on Oct. 26, though the blog post didn’t specify when the manufacturers listed would release their products. Mark Martin, a spokesman for Microsoft, declined to comment.
Products using Windows RT will be thin and light with long battery life, Microsoft said. The devices will use chips from Qualcomm Inc., Nvidia and Texas Instruments, it said in the blog post.
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