Dell is backing Windows 8 as the most suitable tablet platform for enterprise customers, and promised it will have such devices available from the moment that Microsoft's next-generation operating system becomes available.
Speaking in a video interview with Bloomberg, Dell founder and chief executive Michael Dell gave his backing to Windows 8 as the platform of choice for tablet devices used by enterprise staff.
"For the business customer who has a very large installed base of Windows and the Windows ecosystem, having a secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications - we're hearing a lot of demand for that - we think that will be quite attractive," he said.
In response to a question on when Dell would have Windows 8 tablets available, Michael Dell said customers can expect to see them on the same day that Windows 8 is introduced.
Dell declined to offer any insight on when this will happen be, as Microsoft has itself not named a date.
"But I can assure you we'll be there right on the very first day that Windows 8 is available," he added.
Michael Dell also gave no indication on whether Dell would launch new tablet models for the Windows 8 launch, or whether it would simply offer the new platform on existing hardware, such as the Latitude ST business tablet announced late last year with Windows 7.
The move comes as Apple has just launched an updated version of its popular iPad tablet, featuring a new processor and high-resolution retina display, while Microsoft last week released its second preview version of Windows 8.
Although a release date for Windows 8 has not been named, it is widely expected to launch in the third quarter of 2012, most likely in October.
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