Microsoft Confirms Collaboration with Windows RT OEM Partners

August 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The launch of the Surface tablet has made a serious dent in the credibility of Microsoft among its hardware partners.

They have indirectly expressed their concern that their upcoming Windows 8 slates will now have to compete with the Surface tablets.

In a bid to improve the disturbed relations, Microsoft has again confirmed the initial hardware partners for the Windows RT machines and has shared the details of the collaboration in an official blog post.

As per the announcement, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo and Asus are the companies who have made it into the list of initial OEMS who will deliver Windows RT devices at Windows 8 launch.

Microsoft has assured that these partners will also make PCs with full keyboard and touchpad options or clamshell devices.

The official blog post also says that Microsoft has worked closely with these four companies to make sure that their hardware designs suit the new platform.

The blog post also details some features of the Windows RT devices including the always-on feature which keeps the device in a permanent standby state with minimal power consumption.

As per the details, the Windows RT machines will weigh between 520 g and 1200 g, and are hinted to pack built-in NFC capability and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WWAN, and USB technologies to facilitate easy info sharing between devices.

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