Dell is developing a Windows 8 tablet targeting enterprise users, due to the demand for a secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications, CEO Michael Dell told Bloomberg.
Naturally, Dell’s upcoming tablet will be running on Windows 8 for x86/x64, the full version of Windows 8 meant for traditional desktop and laptop. While Windows on ARM is better suited to run on a tablet, the lighter version of Windows 8 cannot run legacy desktop apps, which defeats the purpose of a Windows-based tablet for enterprise users.
That said, Dell’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet will probably share many attributes with its Windows 7 counterparts—bulky, thick, less-than-optimum battery life and expensive. Dell already has several different models of Windows 7 tablets and laptop-tablet-hybrids in its lineup.
Dell will start selling Windows 8 PCs the day the new operating system becomes available. There is no hint that Dell is also building Windows 8 consumer tablets, an area that’s decidedly more crowded and challenging.