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Acer and Lenovo may release Windows 8 tablets in summer 2012

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Windows 8 will hit shelves sometime in the latter half of 2012 and manufacturers already seem to be excited. Both Acer and Lenovo are rumored to launch Intel-based Windows 8 tablets in the third quarter of 2012, reports DigiTimes. Both companies will supposedly use a new Intel mobile processor codenamed “Clover Trail” that’s been designed specifically for Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Since these tablets will run on Intel, it could mean that they are fully backward compatible with Windows 7 applications, as was originally the promise with Windows 8 (a promise that works better in theory than practice, so far). However, ARM-based Windows 8 tablets are also in development which will not have any backward compatibility, presumably. We wonder, how will Microsoft differentiate between these two different versions of Windows? Will the Windows 8 Intel tablets be business focused? The worst case scenario is people buying a Windows 8 PC thinking they’re getting backward compatibility and not having it.

Both Acer and Lenovo have been trying to gain traction with Android-based tablets, but neither have had any notable success thus far. It’s likely that both manufacturers, which made their names by manufacturing Windows PCs, see Windows 8 as their best route into the crowded, fussy tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. 

We should find out more next week at CES.