Top brass at HP have officially confirmed one of their upcoming tablet computers will be based on Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. This should put to rest a long standing rumor that the company was developing one in the shadows. The new device is going to be known as the Slate 8.
HP has clearly made some ground making up for the TouchPad debacle of last year. It has spent billions of dollars in acquiring the WebOS platform and making enough changes in it to suit their requirements. HP has since made WebOS an open source platform, but has failed to gain any real traction. The company has had small success in their enterprise segment of tablets and are hoping for a mainstream win with the Slate 8.
CEO Meg Whitman and executive vice-president for Printing and Personal Systems Todd Bradley revealed at its Global Influencer Summit this week in Shanghai, China that the tablet will also come equipped with HP’s cloud solution that will allow users to store data online for use later via multiple devices.
Unfortunately, there is no specific time frame or price structure available just yet.