HP has announced its first Windows 8 tablet will be an x86 model aimed at businesses.
It said it has not yet decided if it will also make ARM tablets running Windows RT.
"I can confirm that at HP, we continue to look at using ARM processors in business and consumer products," HP spokesperson Marlene Somsak said.
"However, our first Windows 8 tablet will be on the x86 platform focused on the business market."
HP's decision to go with the x86 version of Windows 8 instead of Windows RT was influenced by input from its customers, Somsak said.
"The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future," she said. HP's plans were first reported by Bloomberg Friday.
This is a significant change of tone for HP, which for much of this year has suggested it would bring both x86 and ARM Windows 8 tablets to market.
"We're coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip. I'm pretty sure we'll be able to do that," HP CEO Meg Whitman told CRN in January.
In May at HP's Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, Whitman and Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, said some of HP's Windows 8 tablets would be targeted at the consumer market.
"I'm very comfortable with where we're going in tablets," Bradley said at the event.
"Our stated tablet strategy is around Microsoft and bringing Windows 8 tablets to market. … That's not to say that [the Microsoft partnership] is forever -- markets evolve."
HP has also been playing up the security and management features of Windows 8 tablets, suggesting that these will make them more suitable for businesses than iPads.
"The notion is that these companies are someday going to let employees show up with their own device, whether it's a PC, iPad, Mac," Whitman told CRN in January. "I get the notion, but every CIO I talk to says, 'Yea, wow… that could be pretty tough. And the first breach that happens, all bets are off.'"
This article originally appeared at crn.com
Issue: 324 | February 2014
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