Samsung to show a Windows 8 tablet next week, report says
New OS would be alternative to Android, now under heavy legal attack
Computerworld - Samsung reportedly will unveil a new tablet computer that runs on the Windows 8 OS next week at Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Samsung said it had no comment on the tablet report, which first appeared in the Korea Economic Daily, citing an unnamed source. The report has subsequently appeared on the AFP news service and in The Wall Street Journal. The BUILD conference begins Tuesday.
Microsoft could not be reached for comment on the report.
Running Windows 8 in a Samsung tablet would become a convenient alternative to the legally imperiled Android OS used in Samsung's Galaxy Tab computers. It would be Samsung's first Windows-based tablet, although it already makes Windows-based laptops.
Apple has lodged a number of patent and intellectual property lawsuits in various countries against Samsung and other Android tablet and smartphone makers. Samsung has also sued Apple over intellectual property issues related to wireless technology used in tablets and smartphones in recent months.
Experts have counted at least 19 lawsuits in nine countries where the two companies are battling, including one that Apple filed in April in U.S. District Court in California. A hearing is set for October on that matter.
Samsung said it will appeal today's ruling. However, turning to another OS such as Windows 8 would give Samsung an arguably quicker alternative means of selling tablets.
Legal experts noted that taking the technology route could be much faster than working through a number of courts on patent disputes or entering into protracted discussions with Apple on licensing fees, which could ultimately raise the cost of Samsung products.
Jack Gold, a technology analyst at J. Gold Associates, said if Samsung has a Windows 8 tablet coming it would only partly be designed as a hedge against Android lawsuits brought against Samsung. He noted that Samsung is a large manufacturer with a long history of supporting a wide range of operating systems on various products, even though Samsung only has built Android tablets thus far.
"Samsung delivers one of everything and supports [almost] every OS out there, so this [Windows 8 tablet] is not out of character at all," Gold said.
For example, Samsung already makes laptop computers running on various Windows versions, he noted. "A Windows tablet would be an extension of Samsung's laptop line, but at the same time would appeal to those users who want to stay on Windows, and especially business users who want to keep the same apps running," Gold said.
- Samsung to offer 3 new tablets starting Feb. 13
- Tablets remain tops in American gift-buying plans
- 'Phablets' are eating into the tablet market, IDC says
- Apple springs Retina iPad Mini on customers
- The puzzling Lumia 2520 tablet: Will it disappear when Microsoft buys Nokia?
- Dell launches four new tablets -- all on Intel chips
- Few use tablets to replace laptops
- New Kindle Fire HDX's tech support button could push IT to yell 'Mayday!'
- Kindle Fire HDX tablets show big push for business users
- Microsoft kicks off iPad buyback deal in latest effort to juice Surface sales
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Mobile Policy Checklist Here's what to consider when putting together a mobile policy designed to support a highly productive workforce.
- Mobile Applications Case Study: 8 Billion Transactions a Day The story documents how the online brokerage company tradeMONSTER created a custom mobile app and the success gleaned from this initiative. Also covered...
- Securing BYOD Mobile computing is becoming so ubiquitous that people no longer bat an eye seeing someone working two devices simultaneously. Individuals and organizations are...
- The Case for Mobile Apps Today's mobile apps turn handheld devices into e-book readers, portable navigation systems, digital wallets and more. And for organizations with mobile workers, they...
- Live Webcast On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Live Webcast Unmasking the Differences between Consumer and Enterprise File Sync & Share The consumerization of IT combined with the rapid pace of the modern mobile workplace is forcing enterprise IT teams to evaluate file sync...
- Live Webcast Workforce Mobilization for Improved Productivity A mobility research director from Aberdeen discusses reasons for extending legacy applications to mobile devices, and an integration strategist from Attachmate shows how...
- Mobile Apps and Devices Slash Customer Cycle Time Consolidated Engineering Laboratories' field employees used to collect data on triplicate forms that were sometimes hard to read and difficult to manage. After...
- CDW Integrates with Google Apps for Cloud Collaboration Through a partnership with Google and Esna Technologies, CDW has rolled out native access to the CDW Cloud Collaboration suite within Google Apps. All Mobile/Wireless White Papers | Webcasts