Windows 8 tablets: October is the coolest month

Fancy a Windows 8 tablet? It's time to start saving your pennies: the smart money says that the tablets will be shipping this October. According to electronics news site DigiTimes, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus will be the first firms out of the traps with Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets, with a dizzying range of models following over the next few months.
 
The new tablets are likely to break cover at BUILD, Microsoft's developer showcase, which is expected to take place in mid-September. We'd expect to see demos at the very least, although it's possible that the tablets may be ready to go on sale by then. HP, Dell and Asus tablets are expected to be the first ones to ship.

If you're holding out for an ARM-powered one, however, you'll have to wait a little bit longer: Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer and Asus all have such tablets in development, but they're not expected to surface until January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, with the devices actually going on sale later in the year. Nokia is widely expected to unveil an ARM-powered Windows tablet too, although it's unclear when that'll actually happen.

When the tablets ship we hope they'll perform better than the one Kirill Tatarinov used last week: the boss of Microsoft's enterprise resource planning division was showing off a new Windows tablet at the Convergence show in Houston, Texas, when it crashed in spectacular fashion. As The Register reports, "two Microsoft employees frantically started pushing different buttons to get it unstuck, but nothing seemed to work."

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