Samsung Electronics, the largest phone maker, will release a tablet that features Microsoft’s Windows RT software when the operating system debuts, people with knowledge of the matter said. Samsung has made a hand-held computer built on Windows RT, the first version of Windows that works on ARM Holdings technology , said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public.
Windows RT devices will be released in October, one person said. The decision to support Windows RT follows Samsung’s earlier announcement that it will back another version of Windows. It’s a boon to Microsoft’s effort to use multiple versions of its flagship Windows operating system to challenge Apple in tablets. Microsoft suffered a setback last week when HP, the world’s largest computer maker, said it won’t back Windows RT from the get-go .
HP plans to introduce a tablet with Windows 8, the version of the software that works only on socalled x86 chips, made by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.
Windows RT is the first mainstream computer operating system from Microsoft to be built for a touch-screen device and work on the energy-sipping chips typically used in smartphones. Most traditional desktop computers are powered by x86 processors.
Samsung’s Windows RT tablet will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, the people said. Windows RT has created an opportunity for phone-chip makers Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia to compete against Intel and AMD for orders in the computer industry.
Microsoft announced plans last month to release its own tablet device , the Surface, in a strategy shift that has the potential to rankle device makers that widely use its software.