Microsoft is making some huge changes with the release of its Surface tablet, but that doesn’t mean the company is totally leaving its hardware partners behind. To show that it’s still faithful to (at least some of) its OEM relationships, Microsoft on Monday confirmed the initial Windows RT partners and detailed the collaboration process required to build the upcoming ARM-based devices.
Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Samsung all made the cut to deliver Window RT devices at launch. Currently, the only officially announced Windows RT devices include the Surface RT tablet and the Asus Tablet 600. But according to Microsoft, we can expect not only several WinRT tablets coming from its four initial partners, but also PCs with “full keyboard and touchpad solutions, whether removable/dockable or a traditional clamshell.”