Microsoft hopes to get Windows 8 shipping in new tablets and other computers by this fall. Fujitsu is banking on it.
The Japanese computer company detailed its road map plans at a press conference in Italy yesterday that included plans for Windows 8 tablets and new Ultrabooks.
One slide of Fujitsu’s roadmap, covered by the site Notebook Italia, shows a “New Detachable Performance Slate” being released in September and “Win8 Launch” under the heading “Q4 2012.”
Microsoft has confirmed it plans to release the Consumer Preview beta of Windows 8 by the end of this month, specifically, according to some reports, February 29 at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. If all goes well with the Consumer Preview, Microsoft will likely hit its goal of a Fall release, but the point of the beta is to test the software, so any serious problems that crop could delay release.
Back to Fujitsu, a Google translation of Notebook Italia article indicates Fujitsu plans to release an Android tablet in June that will be aimed at professional users, especially those interested in multimedia applications.
The September slate with docking station could be a Windows-based tablet with another Fujitsu tablet coming in Q4 scheduled to be a Windows 8 device.