Microsoft is keeping original equipment manufacturers that want to pre-install Windows 8 on next generation Tablet PCs, or slates, as they’re referred to, on a very tight leash, too tight, one OEM representative says.
J.T. Wang, Acer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer revealed that the restrictions that the Redmond company has imposed on computer manufacturers in order to get the next version of Windows on tablets are nothing short of troublesome.
Wang refused to offer any additional information, or to go into details explaining just what kind of limitations Microsoft is imposing on OEMs.
However, Acer’s CEO did stress that both chip and PC manufacturers feel like the software giant is attempting to control the entire process of putting Windows 8 on next generation form factors. Microsoft of course, provided no confirmation of this, now or in the past.
Earlier this year, I opined that it’s absolutely necessary for Microsoft to keep OEMs on a very short leash, and ensure that upcoming Windows 8 Tablet PCs / slates are indeed capable of rivaling Apple’s iPad.
Having confirmed that Windows vNext will support Systems on a Chip architectures and ARM systems, the Redmond company is expected to offer a special flavor of Windows 8 tailored to tablets.