According to a PCMag report, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has scrapped its plans for a Windows RT tablet powered by a Qualcomm-designed ARM processor; thus marking a deviation in its immediate plans to try a new-technology approach when it introduces its next-generation line of tablets.
As per the report, rather than working on a consumer-targeted Windows RT tablet, HP will chiefly focus on a business-centric slate which will run Microsoft's next-generation version of its Windows 8 operating system that has been optimized for Intel's x86-based chipsets.
In other words, the report underscores that HP has put on hold its Windows RT tablet plans, and in case the company does come with such a tablet - which will run software which Microsoft developed in parallel to work on ARM Holdings' chip designs -, it apparently will `come later.'
With tech blog SemiAccurate and The Wall Street Journal also having reported that HP is deferring the development of any Windows RT-based, ARM-chips-powered tablet device to a `later' period, an HP spokesperson said that the company will, nonetheless, "continue to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products."
Substantiating the reports, the spokesperson said that HP's first Windows 8 tablet will focus largely on the enterprise market and will be based on the "robust and established" x86 platform --- a decision which apparently is "influenced by input from our (HP) customers."
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