Windows RT Surface

Bloomberg confirmed parts of the report with an HP spokesperson, who said that the Hewlett-Packard Co will hold off selling tablets based on ARM technology when the next version of Microsoft Windows operating system debuts later this year.

HP will instead focus on x86-based Windows 8 tablets. “The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers,” Somsak told Bloomberg. “The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.”

Microsoft said last week that it will sell its own tablet, the Surface, breaking with a practice of relying solely on PC hardware partners. The Windows RT version of that product will be available when the new Windows goes on sale, while the x86 version is planned for about 90 days later.

Source: Bloomberg